Omiyage is one of the most popular taiko compositions in North America. The dynamic movements and rhythms of Omiyage make it a lot of fun to learn and perform. In this extended course we’ll learn the entire composition and spend in depth time on the core rhythmic and movement concepts of the piece. This course assumes no prior knowledge of Omiyage and also contains many insights that will be useful for experienced Omiyage players.

Omiyage – Lesson 1 – Primary Ji 23:40

In this lesson Shoji gives an introduction to ‘Omiyage’ and demonstrates the Primary and Secondary Ji Patterns.

Omiyage – Lesson 2 – Yama Movement 16:27

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates the ‘Yama’ movement which is one of the core elements of the piece Omiyage.

Omiyage – Lesson 3 – A Extended Phrase 10:16

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates how to use the ‘Yama’ and ‘Circle’ movements to make our first phrase.

Omiyage – Lesson 4 – A Extended with Primary Ji 11:15

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates how the A Extended phrase fits with the primary ji.

Omiyage – Lesson 5 – A Phrase 15:07

In this lesson we add to our movement vocabulary and work on a the A phrase.

Omiyage – Lesson 6 – Solo Tag and Solo Form 12:50

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates the Solo Tag and Form.

Omiyage – Lesson 7 – B Phrase 14:23

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates the movement concepts of the B phrase.

Omiyage – Lesson 8 – B Phrase Shime/Okedo Part 14:13

In this lesson Shoji explains how the shime/okedo part fits in with the B phrase.

Omiyage – Lesson 9 – Shime Call, Build and Wave 13:17

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates the Shime Call, Build and Wave sections.

Omiyage – Lesson 10 – AX4 and Ending 7:41

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates the ending of Omiyage.

Omiyage – Lesson 11 – Chudaiko Ji 20:43

In this lesson Shoji demonstrate the Chudaiko Ji section.

Omiyage – Lesson 12 – Chant 9:45

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates the E-YASA chant and talks about the meaning of the and purpose of the chant in Omiyage.

Omiyage – Lesson 13 – Arrangement of 2nd Movement 10:21

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates the arrangement of the 2nd Movement of Omiyage.

Omiyage – Lesson 14 – 1st Movement – The Calling 13:10

In this lesson Shoji teaches the Calling, the 1st movement of Omiyage.

Omiyage – Lesson 15 – The Calling Part 2 11:01

In this lesson Shoji continues the demonstration of the Calling section.

Omiyage – Lesson 16 – Bachi Control 17:00

In this lesson Shoji demonstrates the finer points of bachi control that lead to the twirls and other visual flourishes that Omiyage is known for.