This month’s tidbits we’ll discuss the very basic of the
Spanish Timbrado Song. Our participating author is the well
known Roque Díez.
When we listen to a canary sing, is it not true that we notice
that not all the notes are emitted with the same rhythm? In
some of the birds these notes are extremely fast and, for
those of us old enough, remind us of the old-fashioned electric
doorbells that you go rrrriii/rrrreee… (Short vowel sounds).
These are the notes that we call continuous that in the Spanish
Timbrado comprise the categories known as timbres and
variriaciones rodadas that our canaries sing so fast that
it becomes impossible to individualize the syllables.
A second type of note that is also extremely fast but can
be distinguished ever so slightly. You can hear the accelerated,
but countable beat in this type song we call semi continuous
Finally we can hear other notes that are emitted much slower
and even hear the clear breaks between the syllables that
make up each note or measure of song the birds sing. These
notes we call discontinuous (tin-tin-tin/ tiroli-tiroli-tiroli…).
Most all song canaries sing all three types of notes but
specialize in one or the other. The German Roller has its
strength in the continuous notes while the Waterslager has
both the continuous and semi-continuous ones. The Timbrado
has two fundamental lineages. The CLASSIC or "continuous"
singer is not specialized in any specific type note. In fact,
it has almost every type and style of note known in its repertoire
as well as tremendously varied speed of emission. Now, the
FLOREADO, or "discontinuous" line of Timbrados have a very
specific foundation on discontinuous notes, along with a small
presence of semi- continuous song.
Last among the various styles of Timbrados we have a bird
whose song is primarily discontinuous but has both semi-continuous
and even continuous notes, though just in a residual amount.
This line is known as the INTERMEDIAT line.
© Roque Díez