The Atarigane is often an overlooked part of a taiko ensemble. This instrument is incredibly versatile and offers numerous possibilities when it comes to texture and layers. For those new to Atarigane this course will get you started with basic information and lots of interesting patterns to practice in order to develop facility with the instrument. At the end of the course we apply these techniques to common swing and straight beat grooves that many taiko groups use in their repertoire.

Intro to Atarigane – Lesson 1: Introduction to Atarigane 13:34

In this Lesson Kenny goes over the basics of the Atarigane and teaches us some basic patterns to get started.

Intro to Atarigane – Lesson 2: Atarigane Practice Patterns 15:03

Kenny further the develops the patterns with more variations and possibilities.

Intro to Atarigane – Lesson 3: Bon Odori Patterns 07:35

In this lesson Kenny introduces the basic Bon Odori patterns on the Atarigane and how we can voice them on this instrument.

Intro to Atarigane – Lesson 4: Variations with Bon Taiko 20:39

Kenny continues to develop and the patterns from Lesson 3 with more variations and possibilities.

Intro to Atarigane – Lesson 5: Edo Bayashi Patterns: Shichome 11:53

In this lesson Kenny introduces a pattern from the Edo Bayashi repertoire called Shichome.

Intro to Atarigane – Lesson 6: Edo Bayashi Patterns: Shichome II 10:54

We continue to with more variations on Shichome in this Lesson.

Intro to Atarigane – Lesson 7: Edo Bayashi Patterns: Yatai 15:00

In this lesson Kenny introduces more patterns from the Edo Bayashi repertoire and we start focusing more on how the Atarigane interacts with the Shimedaiko.

Intro to Atarigane – Lesson 8: Edo Bayashi Patterns: Yatai II 15:37

We continue to develop and learn more patterns from Yatai in this lesson.

Intro to Atarigane – Lesson 9: Swing Patterns 15:38

In this Lesson Kenny focuses how the Atarigane can be used with a common swing pattern that many taiko groups use.

Intro to Atarigane – Lesson 10: Straight-Beat Patterns 12:15

In this Lesson we learn about how to approach common straight beat grooves that many taiko groups use in their repertoire.