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Date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 18:00 to 19:45
Room: 
Small Classroom
Student should bring: 

nagado bachi (usually larger diameter, harder "kashi" wood)
earplugs

Class syllabus: 

Welcome
- overview of ATUS/LATI
- introductions (name, taiko experience, what you might be doing Thursday nights if not for taiko)
- overview of course: start to learn taiko fundamentals, including reflection on how we learn

Scribbling
- oroshi (joy of hitting together)
- copycat (joy of rhythm)
- build-in piece (joy of music)
-- 1/2 don don dogo don
-- 1/2 su ka su ka su ka ka ka
-- pick individuals to copycat my kuchishoga
-- all end with "dogo dogo dogo dogo don don don!"

leg warmup
- lunges for hip flexors
-- step, step, lunge
-- on lunge, one person says: name, favorite food, favorite musician, favorite month
- side kicks for hamstrings
-- find range
-- 10 warmup
-- 10 countdown, each person saying one count, any language
- slide claps for inner thighs
-- small circle, even number of participants
-- slide to one side and clap with that neighbor, then opposite
-- circle gets larger, add leg stab
- boxes for whole legs

stance (set drums)
- getting into stance: L (1), R (2), arms out (3, 4)
- concepts
-- feet positions at drum
-- distance from drum
-- weight distribution
-- upper body angle
- precise but not North Korea
- stance and play copycat
-- 4 counts prep
-- 4 counts call
-- 4 counts answer
-- 4 counts rest
- opposite leg forward
- feedback during play portion
- pick students to play call

Building Blocks of strike
- copycat
-- three arm pivots (Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Elbow)
--- one arm
--- other arm
--- both together
--- different
---- Ls RS
---- Ls RE
---- Ls RW
---- Le RS
---- Le RE
---- Le RW
---- Lw RS
---- Lw RE
---- Lw RW
-- stabbing (gu, back, gu, palm, switch)
--- stabbing different positions in space (up, down, out in front)
-- hitting drum using different pivot points (wrist, elbow, shoulder)
--- one arm, then other, then both, then both doing different

medium strike (all E)
- E v W with bachi (right and wrong)
-- demo
--- upper arm position points to drum
--- bachi sliding in hand for E version
--- feedback
-- 4 hits wrist, 4 hits coming from E, relaxed W
-- both hands
-- RE vs LW and vice versa
- stabbing with relaxed grip (E does work, bachi flops forward, no W)

Building Blocks of grip
- copycat
-- stretching
-- squeezes, offset squeezes
-- hand positions in space
-- bachi tosses, flips
-- finger grips
-- opposite finger switches (PRACTICE TEST)
-- thumb position

16's Drill first four counts
-- feedback, questions

future

large strike ("SE", then "E")
- demo
-- pulling on rope
-- elbow comes down toward drum
-- lower arm and bachi is "streamer"
-- upper arm stops when elbow is pointed toward drum and E takes over
-- relaxed bachi falls near shoulder then flops forward (thumb position)
- practice: no bachi, dog-legs, close the finger you use
- Slow-mo / Gravity / Accelerated / Gravity strikes

practice overview

cleaning overview

closing
- arriving after 8
- taikocensus.org
- KBHF housing

Teacher(s): 
Kris Bergstrom

Classes in this Course

Date Title
Thu, May 12, 2016 01
Thu, May 19, 2016 02
Thu, May 26, 2016 03
Thu, June 09, 2016 04
Thu, June 16, 2016 05
Thu, June 23, 2016 06
Thu, June 30, 2016 07
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