In this course Kenny Endo teaches the stance, grip, hitting techniques and training exercises needed to get a quality sound from the odaiko. Later in the course Kenny teaches the piece “Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku” a beginning level piece that focuses on fundamentals, base beat patterns and solo improvisation.

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Odaiko Basics – Lesson 1 – Introduction to Odaiko 9:33

In this lesson Kenny Endo goes over the terminology of the odaiko and the different bachi used when playing the odaiko.

Odaiko Basics – Lesson 2 – Kihon 7:25

In this lesson Kenny Endo focuses on the odaiko player’s kihon or foundational technique.

Odaiko Basics – Lesson 3 – Basic Kata 9:03

In this lesson Kenny Endo goes over basic kata and the roll exercises.

Odaiko Basics – Lesson 4 – Basic Kata in 3 and 5 7:39

In this lesson Kenny Endo introduces basic kata exercises in 3 and 5.

Odaiko Basics – Lesson 5 – Ji Patterns 8:15 Free Lesson

In this lesson Kenny Endo introduces five ji patterns for the odaiko.

Odaiko Basics – Lesson 6 – Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku Patterns 1-3 5:22

In this lesson Kenny Endo starts teaching Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku.

Odaiko Basics – Lesson 7 – Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku Patterns 4-8 4:49

In this lesson Kenny Endo continues teaching the patterns for Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku.

Odaiko Basics – Lesson 8 – Odaiko Soloing 6:10

In this lesson Kenny Endo introduces the idea of soloing with the odaiko.

Odaiko Basics – Lesson 9 – Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku Arrangement 5:39

In this Lesson Kenny Endo and Shoji Kameda demonsrate a two person arrangement of Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku.