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Stage Presence & Transitions
Lesson 1 – Walking
In this lesson Kaoru demonstrates his approach to walking on stage and with an instrument.
Everything you ever wanted to know about taiko bachi in one video!
Lesson 2 – Yama Movement
In this lesson Shoji demonstrates the 'Yama' movement which is one of the core elements of the piece Omiyage.
Lesson 2 – Roping, Tightening and Maintenance
In this lesson, Leonard walks you through choosing the correct sides for the skin, how to rope and tighten your katsugi and how to care for your precious instrument
Fue Fundamentals 2
Lesson 3 – Scale Exercise Variations
In this lesson Kaoru demonstrates different variations of the scale exercise and gives us tools to create our own variation of this useful drill.
Introduction to Yoko Uchi
Lesson 3 – Hachijo Rhythms
What was taught in Lessons 1 and 2 are put into action by using the phrases from Hachijo Taiko. History of Hachijo Island and Hachijo Taiko is also explained in detail.
Lesson 3: Working with a Metronome
In this lesson Kaoru leads us through working with a metronome and being able to play whole notes through 32nd notes with good form.
Lesson 4 – Triplet Combination
In this lesson Kenny demonstrates different alternating triplet combinations that are useful for playing taiko set.
Lesson 4 – Hogaku Techniques
In this lesson Kenny demonstrates various patterns and techniques used in hogaku that are useful on the shime.
Lesson 5 – Buzz Sounds
In this lesson Shoji introduces the three different buzz sounds found on the chappa and introduces different ways to use the paradiddle variations to practice these sounds.
Yoko Uchi Soloing
Lesson 8 – Moving From the Core
In this lesson Kaoru focuses on rotating from the core and making sure the movement is happening from the core.
Lesson 5 – su DON su DON DON
In this lesson Shoji uses su DON phrases to start exploring the different ways we can move through space while playing naname.
Lesson 2 – Shinobue Melody A
In this lesson, Kaoru teaches the melody A part for Shinobue.
Lesson 5 – Ji Patterns
In this lesson Kenny Endo introduces five ji patterns for the odaiko.
Lesson 1 – Yatai
In this first lesson in the Lion Chant series, instructor Shoji Kameda gives an overview of the piece and teaches the Yatai.
Ready, Set, kaDON!
Lesson 7 – Chu2 Arrangement Part 1
In this lesson Shoji teaches the first half of the arrangement for the Chu2 part.
Lesson 6 – Breathing
Kaoru teaches several breathing exercises and expands on the Long Tone Exercises introduced in Lesson 5.
Intro to Shime Daiko
Lesson 1 – Basic Terminology
Kenny Endo goes over the basic terminology for the shime daiko.
Lesson 4 – The Five Point Stroke
Shoji breaks down the movement of hitting the taiko into five points.