09 Coach

Date: 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 20:00 to 21:45
Room: 
Large Classroom
Student should bring: 

Nagado Bachi
Ear Plugs

Class syllabus: 

Aisatsu

Stretches

4-8-16-32
Play as warm-up
Focus on timing and listening to play together

Lec/Demo Leader: Nozomi

  • Warm-up used to practice form/kata and timing
  • Each pattern practices certain techniques:
    • 4 - relaxed strike focused on efficiently (elbow first!) building speed toward the drum one arm at a time
    • 8 - As above, but arms move simultaneously
    • 16 - same technique concept, but elbows only
    • 32 - as above, wrists only
  • Arrangement: Play through three times

Renshuu
Practice playing two- and one-beat offsets
Practice playing with swing jiuchi

Lec/Demo Leader: Wendy

  • Practice piece composed by Seiichi Tanaka of San Francisco Taiko Dojo (est. 1968)
  • Renshuu means "practice" in Japanese
  • Each line contains one or more of the most basic sounds that a player should learn to play taiko music
  • There are five total patterns and each is repeated once
  • Arrangement: play in straight, play in swing, end with oroshi!
  • Video here: Renshuu Taiko

Don tsuku DoRo tsuku
Play both unison and offset versions
- Offset version is in two groups and offset by 1/2 beat

Lec/Demo Leader: Mike

  • Drill used to practice dynamics (loud vs. soft) and bachi control
  • Name of the drill is the kuchishoga for the main pattern
  • Kuchishoga is how we learn taiko pieces, for example...:
    • Don - one loud hit in the center
    • Doko/dogo/doro - two loud hits in the center
    • tsuku - two quiet hits in the center
    • kara - two hits on the rim
  • Have someone demonstrate each of the above as you explain
  • Arrangement: twice unison, twice offset (regular group ends on next downbeat to join the offset group)

Oroshi
Practice ending our Renshuu arrangement with Oroshi after pattern E

Lec/Demo Leader: Evelyn

  • The word oroshi is commonly used to refer to making something smaller
  • In taiko, we take the space between our hits, which starts off very large, and gradually make it smaller until...
  • ...we're playing as fast as we can and we choose how we want to end our oroshi
  • Here, you could say something like, "Listen for oroshi at the end of our Renshuu arrangement!"
  • Arrangement: use to end Renshuu!

Clean

Aisatsu

Teacher(s): 
Yuta Kato
Attendance: 
Michael Yamanaka
Nozomi Okabe
Evelyn Wu
Grace Miyake
Wendy Ito

Classes in this Course

Date Title
Wed, July 01, 2015 01
Wed, July 08, 2015 02
Wed, July 15, 2015 No Class
Wed, July 22, 2015 No Class
Wed, July 29, 2015 03
Wed, August 05, 2015 04
Wed, August 12, 2015 05
Wed, August 19, 2015 06
Wed, August 26, 2015 07 Coach
Wed, September 02, 2015 08 Coach
Wed, September 09, 2015 09 Coach
Wed, September 16, 2015 10 Coach
Wed, September 23, 2015 11 PEAC
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