In this course Koaru takes students through all the preparation needed to begin playing in the Yokouchi style. From body position and how to strike┬áthe drum effectively to creating a compelling yokouchi solo, Kaoru’s course will give you a great start in learning this exciting style of taiko.

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Yokouchi Soloing – Lesson 1 – Introduction 8:26

In this lesson Kaoru explains the concepts behind yokouchi playing and how to position the body in relationship to the drum.

Yokouchi Soloing – Lesson 2 – Basic Strike 14:29

In this lesson Kaoru demostrates the basic hitting technique and what to avoid when playing yokouchi.

Yokouchi Soloing – Lesson 3 – Jiuchi 13.42

In this lesson Kaoru demonstrates proper technique in playing jiuchi and what to avoid when playing these important rhythms.

Yokouchi Soloing – Lesson 4 – 5 Basic Patterns 9:51

In this lesson Kaoru demonstrates 5 useful basic patterns for yokouchi soloing.

Yokouchi Soloing – Lesson 5 – Exploring Patterns 1-3 10:50

In this lesson Kaoru demonstrates different ways we can play patterns 1-3.

Yokouchi Soloing – Lesson 6 – Exploring Pattern 4 10:12

In this lesson Kaoru demonstrates alternate sticking and motion for Pattern 4.

Yokouchi Soloing – Lesson 7 – Exploring Pattern 5 11:28

In this lesson Kaoru demonstrates different ways to approach Pattern 5 and common problems that happen when playing yokouchi.

Yokouchi Soloing – Lesson 8 – Moving From the Core 17:30 Free Lesson

In this lesson Kaoru focuses on rotating from the core and making sure the movement is happening from the core.

Yokouchi Soloing – Lesson 9 – Putting it Together 14:24

In this lesson Kaoru reviews topics covered in the previous 8 lesson and demonstrates how to put all these elements together.

Yokouchi Soloing – Lesson 10 – Creating A Solo 16:59

In this lesson Kaoru demonstrates how to put together ideas and start building a compelling yokouchi solo.