This is the last week of coaching with Jen and final practice before PEAC Week. It was one of the most fun and tiring practices yet! At the beginning, we circled up and Jen explained the format of the evaluations including what to expect and how we will be tested next week. Then we went right into reviewing and playing different sections, particularly the most difficult and tricky parts. At this time, we were also able to ask Jen questions about parts where we had confusion and go over specific details.
After a short water break, Jen had us repeat the piece starting at 130 bpm and increasing in 5 bpm intervals after each completion until we were at 150bpm. I never realized Omiyage was so physically intensive and tiring. However, it was great being able to play the piece all the way through and get a lot of practice on Asano drums. After each repetition, Jen had some pointers for each of us. I really felt that after each time we played followed by constructive advice made me more confident and comfortable with the piece. Thank you Jen, for all your advice and coaching. You really helped the entire class become better, thoughtful and more precise taiko players.
At the very end of practice, we discussed PEAC week. It was decided that we will perform the piece for friends and family during the last 30 minutes of practice. Furthermore, the Omiyage shime-okedo class Kris is instructing will be playing alongside us! Next week is going to be a lot of fun. Now it’s time to put Omiyage on repeat to prepare for PEAC week!