02 (KB)

Date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:45
Student should bring: 

nagado bachi (usually larger diameter, maple or "ho" wood)
earplugs

Class syllabus: 

Welcome

  • Name. If you could stop time for a month, how would you spend it?

Notation

See Class 01 for detailed notation.

  • 4 dashes (-) = #eau = 1 count
  • 4 counts = 1 bar.
    Each count is seperated by a "/ ". Each bar is separated by starting on the next line or with brackets [ ].
  • Hits are emphasized with #s and "e" "a" "u"
  • Hit the #s (1, 2, 3, 4) and "a" with the right (R). Hit the "e" and "u" with the left (L).
  • Kuchishoga
    • "g-" = L hits
      "d-" = R hits

Review

GROOVE 1

1-a- / 2-a- / 3-a- / 4-a- x4 (do da-)
1-a- / 2-a- / 3-a- / 4-a- x4 (de da-)
1--- / 2--- / 3--- / 4--- x4 (de only)
--a- / --a- / --a- / --a- x3 + silent Count 4 (da only)
All R hits

    Group Exercise
    • Class plays Groove 1 as one person plays a solo one at a time. Immediate transition.
RUDIMENT 1
    Rudiment 1A

    1--- / ---- / ---- / ----
    ---- / 2--- / ---- / ----
    ---- / ---- / 3--- / ----
    ---- / ---- / ---- / 4---
    All don (R) hits

    Rudiment 1B

    --a- / ---- / ---- / ----
    ---- / --a- / ---- / ----
    ---- / ---- / --a- / ----
    ---- / ---- / ---- / --a-
    All don (R) hits

    Group Exercise: Rudiment 1 (video)

    (Sorry...it's blurry)

    • Group A plays Groove 1 twice as Group B plays the first bar of Rudiment 1A twice. Groups switch parts without skipping a beat; make transition seamless. Switch parts.
    • Group A plays Groove 1 twice as Group B plays the second bar twice. Switch parts.
    • Group A plays Groove 1 twice as Group B plays the third bar twice. Switch parts.
    • Group A plays Groove 1 twice as Group B plays the fourth bar twice. Switch parts.
    • Group A plays Groove 1 twice as Group B plays the first bar of Rudiment 1B twice. Groups switch parts without skipping a beat; make transition seamless. Switch parts.
    • Group A plays Groove 1 twice as Group B plays the second bar twice. Switch parts.
    • Group A plays Groove 1 twice as Group B plays the third bar twice. Switch parts.
    • Group A plays Groove 1 twice as Group B plays the fourth bar twice. Switch parts.
RUDIMENT 5

1e-- / ---- / 3e-- / ----
---- / 2e-- / ---- / 4e--
--au / --au / --au / --au
All dogo (RL--) hits

  • Do not shorten your arms. Extend them and force yourself to time the hits.
  • Make sure to consistently hit the down beats (#s) with the first hits (R). It's easy of people to hit the down beats on the second hit (L).
    Group Exercise: Rudiment 5 (video)
    • Group A plays Groove 1 (de don) twice as Group B plays the first bar of Rudiment 5 twice. Groups switch parts without skipping a beat; make transition seamless.
    • Group A plays Groove 1 twice as Group B plays the second bar twice. Switch parts.
    • Group A plays Groove 1 twice as Group B plays the third bar twice. Switch parts. x2

Rudiment 2

1-a- / 2-a- / 3-a- / 4-a-

  • do go hits; alternating hands (R-L- / R-L- ...)
  • Goal: L as loud as R, confident hits. Pay attention to the height of the bachis when you pull them up for a strike. If the L and R bachis reach the same strike heights, they should sound more even.
  • Don't turn your body. Try to keep your shoulder "locked".
Exercise
  • Group A plays four counts of Groove 1 once (the simple doda form) as Group B plays four counts of Rudiment 2. Switch parts.
  • Group A plays two counts of Groove 1 as Group B plays two counts of Rudiment 2. Switch parts. x2
  • Group A plays one counts of Groove 1 as Group B plays one counts of Rudiment 2. Switch parts. x4

Rudiment 3

1eau / 2eau / 3eau / 4eau

  • dogodogo hits; alternating hands (RLRL / RLRL ...)
  • Goal: tight timing. Focus on hitting the R with the Groove 1 hits (on the do and da).
  • Concentrate and engage with the rhythm. Can't let mind wander or else you might miss the beat or stagger the hits with the beat.
Exercise
  • Group A plays four counts of Groove 1 once (the simple doda form) as Group B plays four counts of Rudiment 3. Switch parts.
  • Group A plays two counts of Groove 1 as Group B plays two counts of Rudiment 3. Switch parts. x2
  • Group A plays one counts of Groove 1 as Group B plays one counts of Rudiment 3. Switch parts. x4

Group Exercise: Rudiment 2 & 3 (video)

Closing

  • next week w DW
  • sweep around drums, set in rows
Homework: 

Things to Remember

Pedestal Stance
  • For detailed hits, not really more full power.
  • Put most of your weight on a bent left leg. You should be able lift your right leg off the floor and play standing on just the left leg.
  • The right leg is extended toward the taiko, lightly touching the floor. There should be a diagonal line that can be drawn from the top of your head to your right toe.
  • Find a stance that is not too formal nor laxed.
Full Strike Stance
  • For full powered hits
Teacher(s): 
Kris Bergstrom
Attendance: 
Alexandre Johnson
Chris Olson
Hiro Hirashiki
Jeri DeCastro
Katie Durnbaugh
Leslie Harvey
Naomi Nishi
Steve Vilicich
Wendy Ito
Kim Masumi
Barbara Baker

Classes in this Course

Date Title
Thu, January 10, 2019 01 (KB)
Thu, January 17, 2019 02 (KB)
Thu, January 24, 2019 03 (DW)
Thu, January 31, 2019 04 (KB)
Thu, February 07, 2019 05 (KB)
Thu, February 14, 2019 06 (DW)
Thu, February 21, 2019 07 (VL)
Thu, February 28, 2019 08 (VL)
Thu, March 07, 2019 09 (YM)
Thu, March 14, 2019 10 (YM)
Thu, March 21, 2019 11 (KB)
Thu, March 28, 2019 12 (KB)
Thu, April 04, 2019 13 (KB)
Thu, April 11, 2019 14 PEAC (KB)
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