Introduction to Yoko Uchi
In this introductory course, Shogo Yoshii teaches the basics of Yoko Uchi from how the body is used and its relation to the traditional Japanese culture, to the history of Hachijo. Using phrases and grooves from Hachijo Taiko, Shogo explores each components in detail. By the end of the course you will have learned many phrases, long enough to play as a song when put together!
Introduction to basic yoko uchi strikes explained through the somesthesis that developed over the course of history in Japan and how traditional Japanese performing arts were closely related to the daily lives of the people.
Shogo explores examples of Japanese intonation and how it can be translated into taiko playing.
What was taught in Lessons 1 and 2 are put into action by using the phrases from Hachijo Taiko. History of Hachijo Island and Hachijo Taiko is also explained in detail.
In this lesson, Shogo introduces the concept of Atama-uchi (downbeat) and Ura-uchi (upbeat) by using the phrases learned in Lesson 3.
Shogo introduces more variations appropriate to the downbeat (Atama-uchi) and the upbeat (Ura-uchi) while exploring the Dondoko basebeat (Shitabyoshi) in depth.
Variety of fuchi (rim) rhythms and phrases are introduced in Lesson 6. Everything is combined together at the end as a short section to a piece which Shogo continues to build on.
In Lesson 7, you will learn techniques on how to build up the tempo on fuchi, as well as incorporating “Tobasute” – rhythms with more spaces in between – within the fast tempo setup. Combining what we’ve learned so far becomes more and more like a piece.
We turn our focus onto the base beat (Shitabyoshi) in this lesson including which side of the drum to use, how to place the stand, the grips and the groove. Shogo also goes deep into the history of the Hachijo style that we are used to seeing today.
In this lesson Shogo introduces two variations of Shitabyoshi from Hachijo Taiko: Honbataki and Shabataki, and how the base beat transitions from one to the other. He also shares his practice techniques and ends the lesson with an improvisational solo.
Shogo shares different approaches to playing the Yoko Uchi style including how to handle the bachi. Useful tools to improve your improvisation skills is introduced in detail in this final lesson. Enjoy the grand improvisation finale performance at the end!!