the life and soul of the party
Wood, tensed strings and a pear-shaped body. No, it is not a guitar, it's the timple: an instrument that is barely 40 cm long yet has made its mark on the folklore of the Canary Islands. Since it started being manufactured in the 19th century, it has become the musical icon par excellence here – first in the eastern-most islands and later reaching La Gomera and El Hierro.
THIS IS WHAT THE
TIMPLE SOUNDS LIKE
There are many kinds of timples:
5-string, 4-string, "contras" (slightly larger in size)…
As it has become more popular and moved into other musical territories, its characteristics have evolved to adapt to its new role.