In this course instructor Shoji Kameda teaches the basics of Chappa, one of his favorite instruments. Chappa is a very versatile instrument that can help expand the tonal range of any ensemble.

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Chappa Basics – Lesson 1 – Introduction 11:31

The first lesson in this series gives an overview of various Chappa styles, how they’re used, and how to make the best sound.

Chappa Basics – Lesson 2 – Basic Exercises Pt. 1 15:38

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates some basic exercises that will help us build facility with the chappa.

Chappa Basics – Lesson 3 – Basic Exercises Pt. 2 12:16

In this lesson Shoji continues to build on the basic paradiddle exercises that will help us build facility with the chappa.

Chappa Basics – Lesson 4 – Playing In Between the Double 8:45

In this lesson Shoji expands on the paradiddle patterns we’ve been working on and introduces the idea of playing in between the double of the paradiddle to unlock more possibilities with the useful exercises.

Chappa Basics – Lesson 5 – Buzz Sounds 15:36 Free Lesson

In this lesson Shoji introduces the three different buzz sounds found on the chappa and introduces different ways to use the paradiddle variations to practice these sounds.

Chappa Basics – Lesson 6 – Getting to the Next Gear 18:12

In this lesson Shoji applies the idea of playing in different gears to all of the exercises we’ve been working on up to this point.

Chappa Basics – Lesson 7 – World of Sound 11:46

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates some of the great sounds that are possible with the chappa and introduces simple patterns to practice these sounds.

Chappa Basics – Lesson 8 – Accompanying the Swung Ji 17:17

In this lesson we begin to put the techniques we’ve learned so far into practice in real-world musical situations.

Chappa Basics – Lesson 9 – Accompanying the Matsuri Ji 15:30

In this lesson we use the techniques we’ve learned in this course and apply them to accompanying the Matsrui Ji.

Chappa Basics – Lesson 10 – Accompanying the Don doko Ji 18:59

In this lesson we use the techniques we’ve learned in this course and apply them to accompanying the Don doko Ji.

Chappa Basics – Lesson 11 – Improvisation with Chappa 13:31

In this lesson Shoji uses a couple of the phrases that we used in this course as the starting point for improvisation with the chappa.

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