Every teacher, every performer, and every master has a different way of playing taiko. In this course, Kaoru Watanabe shares his insights on basic taiko playing fundamentals gained over decades of study and performance.
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In this lesson Kaoru goes over his basic philosophy including body position and striking the drum.
In this lesson Kaoru works on single hits using the basic fundamentals covered in Lesson 1.
In this lesson Kaoru leads us through working with a metronome and being able to play whole notes through 32nd notes with good form.
In this lesson Kaoru demonstrates how to play Don DoKo and how to practice this pattern so that it isn’t downbeat heavy.
In this lesson Kaoru continues by demonstrating the pattern DOROtsuku and gives tips on what to look for to improve your technique when playing this pattern.
In this lesson Kaoru demonstrates the pattern Shagiri.
In this lesson Kaoru talks about the importance of being aware of one’s shoulders.
In this lesson Kaoru demonstrates the concept of the unbendable arm which illustrates the importance of body position and relaxation.
In this lesson Kaoru introduces more advanced ways to generate the the striking motion.
In this lesson, Kaoru teaches how he helps students mark their progress with a specific training regiment taking them through the ji patterns used throughout this course.