04 (KB)

Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:45
Student should bring: 

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

Class syllabus: 

Welcome

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

Groove 1 (Ji): Solo Exercise

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)

  • Everyone plays the entire ji as one person solos.

Rudiment Review

RUDIMENT 1A

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

RUDIMENT 1B

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

  • Group alternating exercise: Just 1A. Just 1B. Both.
  • 1B counting exercise: group alternating exercise for 1B, but everyone audibly counts "1 & 2 & 3 &..." Helps with timing and making sure hits are on the "&".
RUDIMENT 2

1-a- / 2-a- / 3-a- / 4-a-
do go hits; alternating hands (R-L- / R-L- ...)

  • Group alternating 4-2-1 exercise: play 4 bars, then 2 bars (x2), then 1 bar (x4).
RUDIMENT 3

1eau / 2eau / 3eau / 4eau
dogodogo hits; alternating hands (RLRL / RLRL ...)

  • Group alternating 4-2-1 exercise.
RUDIMENTS 1-3
  • Do the group alternating exercise for Rudiments 1-3 right after the other.
RUDIMENT 5

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

  • Group alternating exercise.

Rudiment 4: Lefty

--a- / --a- / --a- / --a-
--a- / --a- / --a- / 4---
go (L) hits on "a". The last hits are godo (LR)

  • Bend your elbows
  • Slightly turn torso so left hand can reach the apex of hitting reach/stance. Hold it there until it's time to hit then accelerate. Imagine the bachi is a rope hanging from the ceiling; you're pulling it so you can bring the whole ceiling down..
  • Don't grip the bachi tight or else you will unintentionally hit the skin multiple times. Have a light grip so it's "floppy and free". Let it bounce after hit.
  • Hit motions are like "chopping" the taiko's skin. Wrist should be twisted so back of hand it facing the ceiling. The palm is following a path perpendicular to the skin.
  • Pull both hands back in preparation of hitting 4e. Keep right arm extended when go is hit (if anything, extend it farther).
Group Exercise
  • Alternate playing Rudiment 4 as a class and one person (class, person 1, class, person 2, class, person 3....). After the last person plays, end exercise with class playing together.

RUDIMENTS 1-5

  • Do the group alternating exercise for Rudiments 1-4 right after the other.
  • Do the group alternating exercise for Rudiments 1-5 right after the other.

Closing

  • sweep around drums, set in rows
  • Teacher(s): 
    Kris Bergstrom
    Attendance: 
    Alex Johnson
    Hiro Hirashiki
    Jeri DeCastro
    Katie Durnbaugh
    Kim Masumi
    Leslie Harvey
    Naomi Nishi
    Steve Vilicich
    Wendy Ito
    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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