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Date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 20:00 to 21:45
Room: 
Small Classroom

Student should bring: 

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

Class syllabus: 

welcome
- introductions (name, why taiko, why this course)

about the course

- Why don't people who have learned Jack Bazaar look as good as Kris?
-- show video
-- brainstorm
- What makes Yuta and Jason look so good?

- The act of creating heightens sensitivity.
- In this course, we'll improve our sensitivity through creating choreography. Specifically, attention to:
-- how you look (mirror skills)
-- where you hit (esp. on fuchi)
-- when you hit (rhythmic precision)
-- how you sound (tone, dynamics)

- caveats
-- We're not writing a "piece". It's okay if we don't "keep" any of the things we create.
-- Focus on sensitivity, including your tastes. Not "Is this right, Kris?" but "What do I think of this?"

R arm swings with increasing frequency
- copycat R arm swings on pulse, L variations
- R arm swings on dotted 8ths
- R arm swings on 8ths
- ender

today's take-away ideas
- a named phrase is "themed" somehow: what is the concept behind Gurgle?
- rate of change increases over course of phrase: how might we improve Cronkite?

possible choreographic exercises
- travelling farther between evenly-spaced hits (end of Cronkite)
- gesture as inspiration (beginning of Cronkite)
- rhythm as inspiration (Tribeca)
- fuchi as excuse for arm swings (Murder)
- same rhythm, multiple stickings, arranged from simple to complex (Karc)
- original / new idea

Teacher(s): 
Kris Bergstrom
Attendance: 
Heather Kjolsing
Joe Small

Classes in this Course

Date Title
Thu, May 11, 2017 01
Thu, May 18, 2017 02
Thu, May 25, 2017 03
Thu, June 01, 2017 04
Thu, June 08, 2017 05
Thu, June 15, 2017 06
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