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