A Most Basic Aspect of Song Elements, Continuous, Semi Continuous, and Discontinuous

I remember reading about chops, warbles and trills back in grade school, and that's still the easiest and most basic way to discriminate sounds when listening to a canary. We will use the words, continuous, semi continuous, and discontinues here, which are actually better terms, anyway. There are some long articles on www.timbrado.com on this, and you might look for them if you have time. This is the best place to begin learning. Canaries can do complex things that defy this breakdown, (I hope I'm right) but for the most part most of the song can be broken down with these three words.

I think I've already mentioned that this begins the division of the two types fo timbrados. With the floreado type, the continuous notes are minimized as much as possible. (Please comment whenever I'm wrong, I WANT to be corrected when I'm wrong, and it would be good for everyone). I am never sure, and that's a main reason for the blog; to polish these things out. Canary song is complex enough for individual interpretation, also. That's why it will be so helpful to get to the competition files, to see the judgments of the very best.

Again and always, I don't want to rephrase Luis' explanation, If I have time, I might post links to timbrado.com on this topic.

Luis says: Keep on studying, keep on studying. I recommend you to start by the basics, that´s to say, to difference the three main groups of notes by their emission rate. By this criterion we have continuous, semicontinuos and discontinuous notes.
Continuous when the syllaboles come so quickly that there´s almost no gap between one and other. We have two notes in Timbrado clearly continuous: rolled variations (variaciones rodadas) and metallic roll (timbre metálico)
Rolled variations: rrrrrreeeee (imperfect but quite common) rrrrrrrooooo (better)
Metallic roll: rrrrrriiiiii

Semicontinuous the syllabes come still quickly but we can realize that there are short gaps between them resulting in a "beaten like" sound.
Are always semicontinuous: jingle bell (cascabel= linlinlinlin), watery bell (timbre de agua= blibliblibli), semiconnected water (agua semiligada= bloblobloblo) . Clucks are usually semicontinuous (cloqueos= cloclocloclo)

Discontinuous the bird clearly stops between one syllable and the next, like resting. Church bell (tan tan tan) , slow water (bloui bloui bloui ) and slow flourishes ( tuiii tuiii tuiii / dulio dulio dulio....) are always discontinuous.

Good learning


From Luis: Sorry, I forgot your question about rolls. Rolls are also continuous, the only diffrence with "timbres" (also called "high rolls") is the vowel used by the bird. In timbres the vowel is clearly "i" ( English sound "ee") while in rolls , sung usually in deeper tones, can be "e" ( English "eh") , "o" ( like in "torn") or "u" ( English "oo"). In both "timbres" and "rolls" look for the consonant "r", usually faster in rolls.
To clearly realize what a roll and a timbre are you can check Roller song. Roller sings very long and deep rolls (hollow roll equivalent to " variaciones rodadas"= rolls in Timbrado) and others no so deep, with "ee" sound ( bell roll in Roller standard, aquivalent to "timbres" in Timbrado standard)
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