Naname Essentials

LATIdama Overview

Naname Essentials LATIdama example evaluation

Naname Essentials LATIdama

Earning the Naname Essentials LATIdama indicates proficiency in a set of slant-drum skills LATI considers fundamental to naname mastery. Specifically, players should be able to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with common naname patterns: M1-4, M1-4 extended
  • recognize and perform dynamic changes to these patterns
  • be able to confidently repeat rhythms composed of quarter, eighth, and sixteenth-notes at 90+bpm
  • learn a looped movement phrase in a limited amount of time


  1. Copycat - Repeat rhythms in call-and-answer format. Four rhythms, each played one time. 90BPM
  2. Rhythm 1 - 8th note serial sticking
    Rhythm 2 - 8ths w/out 1, a of 4
    Rhythm 3 - 8ths / 16ths w/ ka
    Rhythm 4 - sparse hits

  3. Long Phrase - Play 8-em set of M-style rhythms after hearing set three times. 90BPM
  4. Looped Movement - Decipher and play looped movement phrase in 4 minutes or less. 72BPM

Naname Essentials LATIdama holders are ready to learn next-level rhythms and movements in slant-form. Good luck and have fun!

For general information on the LATIdama system, see LATIdama.


The evaluation will be graded as follows.

Req 1 - Copycat

  • Rhythms are repeated with 90% accuracy.
  • Sticking is matched with 90% accuracy.
  • Timing of quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes is precise.
  • Right and left-hand strike volumes are equal.
  • Stance and body position allow relaxed movements.

Req 2 - Long Phrase

  • By third attempt, rhythms are repeated with 90% accuracy.
  • Sticking is matched with 90% accuracy.
  • Dynamics are correct.

Req 3 - Looped Movement

  • By end of allotted time, movements are repeated with 90% accuracy.
  • Rhythm is matched with 90% accuracy.
  • Sticking is matched with 90% accuracy.
  • Strike form is maintained (bachi tip starting distance from drum, elbow bend, grip, etc not unnecessarily compromised by movement)
  • Movements are fluid (no unintended breaks in swings, understanding of bachi lag
  • Movements appear comfortable (relaxed shoulders, slight torso movement to ease shoulders, for etc)