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In this course PJ teaches Tottemo Yoi; a fun beginning level piece that weaves in movement, drum patterns and chanting. Students will learn how to build body awareness and how to incorporate the drum...
5 lessons | 1h 6m
Worldwide Matsuri is a great piece for beginning to intermediate level players. The piece focuses on learning to play with another person and developing a good sense of connection with your fellow players. Link...
8 lessons | 2h 21m
Ei Ja Nai Ka
Ei Ja Nai Ka is movement, taiko and connection. In this course PJ Hirabayashi takes us through her philosophy on basic kata and teaches us the movements and taiko parts for Ei Ja Nai...
11 lessons | 2h 32m
Intro to Atarigane
The Atarigane is often an overlooked part of a taiko ensemble. This instrument is incredibly versatile and offers numerous possibilities when it comes to texture and layers.
10 lessons | 2h 18m
Prism is an advanced level informed by Kaoru’s deep study and appreciation of Jazz. Every pattern is an exploration of texture, rhythm, subdivisions and phrasing. In this course Kaoru takes us through each line...
10 lessons | 2h 10m
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.
10 lessons | 2h 12m
Introduction to Yoko Uchi
In this introductory course, Shogo Yoshii teaches the basics of Yoko Uchi from how the body is used and its relation to the traditional Japanese culture, to the history of Hachijo. Using phrases and...
10 lessons | 3h 55m
Stage Presence & Transitions
In this course Kaoru shares his wisdom concerning stage presence gained from many years performing with Kodo. He teaches how to walk in a way that is stable and controlled, how to move drums...
10 lessons | 1h 12m
In this course Kaoru teaches 10 melodies in 10 lessons!
10 lessons | 1h 25m
In this course, Kenny Endo introduces various bachi and teaches patterns from across the taiko landscape and from his own original compositions.
9 lessons | 0h 50m
In this course, instructor Kaoru Watanabe teaches his approach to learning how to improvise on the Fue. Topics include simple scale exercises, arhythmic soloing, advanced rhythmic structures, compositional improvisation, and many others.
10 lessons | 2h 24m
In this introductory course, taiko legend Leonard Eto teaches the ins and outs of Katsugi Okedo from its history to the development of the modern playing style, roping and maintenance to step-by-step lessons on...
10 lessons | 2h 32m
Fue Fundamentals 2
In this course Kaoru Watanabe teaches intermediate and advances techniques on the Fue.
10 lessons | 2h 1m
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...
16 lessons | 3h 41m
In this course, instructor Kenny Endo demonstrates his approach to the Taiko Set.
10 lessons | 0h 55m
In this course instructor Shoji Kameda teaches the basics of Chappa, one of his favorite instruments. Chappa is a very versatile instrument that can help expand the tonal range of any ensemble.
11 lessons | 2h 39m
Everything you ever wanted to know about taiko bachi in one video! It's a long video so just in case you don't want to watch all 30 minutes of it I've included the table...
1 lessons | 35h 36m
Yoko Uchi Soloing
In this course Kaoru takes students through all the preparation needed to begin playing in the Yokouchi style. From body position and how to strike the drum effectively to creating a compelling yokouchi solo, Kaoru’s...
10 lessons | 1h 27m
In this course, instructor Shoji Kameda introduces the fundamental techniques needed to play in the Naname style.
10 lessons | 1h 46m
kaDON Bayashi is a piece written by Kaoru Watanabe specifically for kaDON! Kaoru's piece draws from many folk traditions that he's had the opportunity to study as a member of KODO and with his...
10 lessons | 1h 45m
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...
9 lessons | 1h 4m
Intro to Shime Daiko
Taiko master Kenny Endo teaches basic shime technique and patterns in this entry level series.
10 lessons | 1h 6m
In this two-part series, Kenny Endo teaches how to tighten a shime daiko.
2 lessons | 0h 20m
Instructor Shoji Kameda teaches basic beta technique and patterns on the chudaiko in this entry level series.
10 lessons | 1h 43m
In this series, Kaoru Watanabe teaches and demonstrates basic fue technique including the folk song “Sakura Sakura”.
10 lessons | 1h 29m
Shoji Kameda teaches Lion Chant, a piece written for intermediate to advanced level players. The challenging interlocking patterns of Lion Chant will improve your timing, listening ability and hand independence.
13 lessons | 2h 40m