There are two reasons I've never taught Radiddlepa. 1) It's really hard. Writing and practicing Radiddlepa required some of the biggest leaps of my career. 2) It requires a kind of practice that's difficult to facilitate in a class setting. How can individuals hear the details of the subtle techniques when others are drumming too?
After speaking with teachers, composers, and performers I respect, I've come to believe that 1), it's worth teaching *because* it's hard and 2), a new course structure can help.
This is "Radiddlepa Adventure!"
The Radiddlepa Lectures
I'll present one lecture each month, January through April, on Radiddlepa patterns, shime technique, and composition. These lectures are meant to inspire, packed with juicy tips on extended technique and groove, and provide insight into the piece itself. Hands-on exercises will elucidate the themes. This will be "Kris' taiko philosophy in four classes."
The Radiddlepa "Choose Your Own Adventure" Homework
In addition to the lectures, motivated players can register for homework assignments supported by a series of private lessons. The video assignments are styled on the "Choose your own adventure" books, allowing students to work at their own pace and find just the drills they need. An example video might say,
Homework challenge: Play along with paradiddle quarter notes at 60bpm.
Easy? Click this video.
More practice? Click this video.
I don't know how far we'll get, or whether four lectures is the right amount -- this will definitely be an adventure -- but it's the wonderful kind of adventure with only benefits. Whether we tackle one rhythm, a section, or all of Radiddlepa, we can be sure this piece will make us better, and have fun along the way!
Lectures only: $88 (save $16)
Lectures plus 10, 30-min private lessons: $358 (save $46)
Drop-in (lectures): $26