01

Date: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:45
Student should bring: 

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

Class syllabus: 

Aisatsu

Intro
Short playing demo
Brief history of the drum and how it's used
How to tie the drum and attach the strap
Determining proper length for the strap
- Drum rests at about thigh level
- Playing surface is to the player's right side

Basics
Stance
- Standing comfortably, drum rests toward the right side
- Torso 45 degrees from front, face is front
Grip
- RH "hammer" grip, use bottom two fingers as fulcrum
- LH bachi is inverted, held while placed between middle and ring finger
Strike
- Practice relaxed strike w/ RH and LH
- Front side/omote vs. back side/ura

Drills
For practicing consistent strikes and sound
R - R - R - R - R L R L R L R L
R - R - R - R - R L R L R L R -
L - L - L - L - L R L R L R L R
L - L - L - L - L R L R L R L -

For practicing switching between omote/ura
R L(ura) R L(omote)
- Make sure that LH gets completely into position before striking the drum
- Omote position: L arm in line with body of drum
- Ura position: L arm slightly raised, ready to drop toward the drum

Clean

Aisatsu

Teacher(s): 
David Wells
Attendance: 
Abigail Sangco
Andrew Bordenave
Charles Curcuruto
Christine Brown
Debbie Lin
Evelyn Wu
Haru Yoshida
Heather Kjolsing
Maria Gordon
Nathan Wong
Robie La
Steve La
Wendy Ito

Classes in this Course

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Wed, February 07, 2018 01
Wed, February 14, 2018 02
Wed, February 21, 2018 03
Wed, February 28, 2018 04
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