In this course, instructor Kenny Endo demonstrates his approach to the Taiko Set.

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Taiko Set – Lesson 1 – Introduction 6:23

In this lesson Kenny demonstrates how he sets up his taiko, his influences and the type of bachi he uses for taiko set playing.

Taiko Set – Lesson 2 – 16th Note and Triplet Exercise 5:39

In this lesson Kenny talks about the grip he uses and demonstrates the 16th Note and Triplet Exercise.

Taiko Set – Lesson 3 – Double Stroke Combinations 6:00

In this lesson Kenny demonstrates different double stroke combinations that will help build dexterity and serve as building blocks for patterns.

Taiko Set – Lesson 4 – Triplet Combination 7:14 Free Lesson

In this lesson Kenny demonstrates different alternating triplet combinations that are useful for playing taiko set.

Taiko Set – Lesson 5 – Paradiddles 7:49

In this lesson Kenny demonstrates how he uses paradiddles in his taiko set playing.

Taiko Set – Lesson 6 – Simple Backbeat 3:57

In this lesson Kenny demonstrates a simple backbeat pattern for taiko set.

Taiko Set – Lesson 7 – Spirit of Rice Groove 5:59

In this lesson Kenny demonstrates a funk pattern called the Spirit of Rice groove.

Taiko Set – Lesson 8 – Dennis Chambers Groove 3:37

In this lesson Kenny demonstrates how you can listen to other great drummers and incorporate their ideas with taiko.

Taiko Set – Lesson 9 – Samba Patterns 5:47

In this lesson Kenny demonstrates how he has adapted some Samba influenced patterns into his taiko set playing.

Taiko Set – Lesson 10 – All Patterns 3:19

In this lesson, Kenny puts all the rhythms together as a demonstration of how to move between rhythms seamlessly. While one wouldn’t necessarily plays these rhythms together in the same piece, it’s a good exercise to practice.