The
timple -

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.

Canary Islands music

AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR IT

FOR YOURSELF…

When can you hear the timple being played? Any time! Its merry sound livens up any party or gathering, so it is never missing at any of the festivities on these islands … And there are lots of them! Whenever you visit, somewhere on the archipelago, you will find a celebration taking place with the timple providing the soundtrack. So, if you see people dressed in the traditional costumes (called the “Traje de Mago” or “Traje de Romero”), don’t think twice – just join in!

Local holidays

WE'RE HAVING A GATHERING

PAST,
PRESENT
AND FUTURE

OF THE TIMPLE

At the Timple House-Museum in Teguise, you can learn how the instrument is made, discover its closest relatives and see creations by the luthiers of Lanzarote. Immerse yourself in the timple’s history and its impact on the folklore of the Canary Islands and learn how new technologies have transformed it over recent years. All in surroundings of great architectural interest, where you can also attend concerts, talks and courses.

Teguise