In this introductory course, taiko legend Leonard Eto teaches the ins and outs of Katsugi Okedo from its history to the development of the modern playing style, roping and maintenance to step-by-step lessons on how to play the Katsugi Okedo while controlling and becoming one with taiko.

Exploring Katsugi – Lesson 1 – Introduction 7:32

In this lesson, Leonard talks about his philosophy and focus on this course, structure of the instrument, the history and its evolvement to the modern style of playing.

Exploring Katsugi – Lesson 2 – Roping, Tightening and Maintenance 14:06

In this lesson, Leonard walks you through choosing the correct sides for the skin, how to rope and tighten your katsugi and how to care for your precious instrument

Exploring Katsugi – Lesson 3 – Basic Kamae – Body Positioning 13:52

In this lesson, Leonard will talk about the position of the strap, bachi size and type, how to hold the bachi, Kamae, and basic right hand and left hand strokes.

Exploring Katsugi – Lesson 4 – Front Stroke & Three Tones 13:34

In this lesson, Leonard will cover the front side stroke and introduce three different tones that you can use in combination.