Workshops

Please fill out the following workshop selection form by January 11th, 2013.

>> Workshop Selection Form <<

See below for description.

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 “1234” – Best Drill Ever?!

The “1234” drill is remarkably systematic yet adaptable, targeting small drum basics and advanced nagado techniques. Participants learn how to use the drill to guide individual practice and apply the concepts to any instrument.

Workshop Leader: Kristofer Bergstrom

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Bachi Tricks Workshop

Learn how to spin, throw and catch your bachi as a way to spice up your solo, performance or composition. Basic and advanced tricks will be taught as well as exercises for how to practice them. Mark H will also reveal the secrets to making simple tricks appear more impressive and the deeper universal philosophies behind these (seemingly) superfluous skills.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Workshop Leader: Mark H. Rooney

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Basics to Composition, Basics to Improvising

Writing a new song or improvising a solo follows the same basic fundamental concepts. The basic dos and don’ts of composing are covered in this workshop format through a descriptive process with volunteers from the workshop to participate in various activities to help demonstrate the key points. No prior composing experience is necessary.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Workshop Leader: Roy Hirabayashi

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Betta: Form, Power, and Expression

We will use Hiryu Sandan Gaeshi as vehicle for covering head isolation and stance, joint alignment and sequence, palm orientation, and different  grips.  Other topics will include initiating motion from the shoulder/hips, upper body torque and folding, and adjusting the arms flight path accordingly.

For Newer Drummers/ teachers

Workshop Leader: Stuart Paton

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Chappa Technique and Style

The Japanese hand-cymbals known as chappa have undergone an explosion in popularity in the past 20 years. These simple but highly expressive little instruments can add tremendous colour and dynamic potential to any type of ensemble, taiko or otherwise. The Chappa Technique & Style workshop is designed to give beginner to intermediate level players a context on the use of chappa in kumi-daiko, and intensive hands-on experience with these instruments. Participants will be coached in chappa playing technique, including an in-depth overview of the the basics (grip, position, hand movements, care, etc.) and some more advanced techniques such as effects and dynamics. Style considerations will also be covered, ranging from fairly simple, traditional chappa patterns, through to an introduction to more complex compound rhythms and improvisation. http://youtu.be/kIR-Bl3DEpM

All levels; A printed workshop hand-out will be provided.

Workshop Leader: Patrick Graham

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EN JA NAI KA?

Ei Ja Nai Ka (EJNK) is a public domain piece that has become a popular North American taiko folk dance. A sequence of exhilarating activities prepares participants to embody rhythms in movement, dance, voice, and taiko. In recent years, EJNK is being danced at many local obons.

Workshop Leader: PJ Hirabayashi

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How Leaders Lead

This workshop takes a look at different ways to take on a leadership role in your group. Defining leadership and identifying various leadership models will be discussed. How to manage the other members of the group, drill exercises to help bring the group together and suggestions on how to best maintain order and focus during your practice and performance will be reviewed.

Group leaders or those who want to be leaders in your group.

Workshop Leader: Roy Hirabayashi

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Isaku Kageyama Master Class 

I studied taiko as a member of Amanojaku and worked as one of the principal drummers for 5 years before attending Berklee College of Music.  This workshop will focus on practice methods, techniques, and approaches to learning and practicing taiko that I found useful.  I will cover practice methods that will improve your accuracy, playing speed, as well as improvisational and ensemble playing.    I will also cover traditional rhythms and patterns that I found to be extremely powerful and versatile when working with non-taiko genres such as rock, jazz, or electronic music.  Participants should be aware that this is an Advanced Level class.

Advance Level

Workshop Leader: Isaku Kageyama

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Improvisation “Ways to Groove and Improvise” 

What does it mean to groove?  What does it mean to improvise?  In this workshop, we will identify characteristics that make a piece of music groove, and how various musicians improvise.  We will then explore methods and approaches to creating and executing your own improvisational solo.

Medium to Advance Level

Workshop Leader: Isaku Kageyama

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Ji Patterns and Soloing Musically

One of taiko’s major roles in traditional Japanese music is as an accompaniment for theater, dance, and other music genres. In kumi daiko the art of correctly propelling the music and supporting the soloists through solid ji playing (base beat) are often overlooked. Basic kumi daiko ji patterns as well as patternsfrom traditional music will be explained.  Internalizing the beat, soloing within a group context, timing, and performing as a soloist will also be covered. Spontaneity, phrasing, and thematic soloing will be introduced.  A great improvised solo will not only raise the energy level of performance but transport everyone to another place.  Explore the creativity you have within yourself.

Workshop Leader: Kenny Endo

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Katsugi Daiko & Lateral Drumming 

‘Katsugi daiko’ refers to portable taiko that are carried by the player with a strap and played laterally, allowing varying degrees of mobility. Drums of many diverse origins are played in this manner, and it is a common thread through the traditions of many countries: Turkey, Iran, India, China, Korea, and Japan. The Katsugi-Daiko & Lateral Drumming workshop will give participants an intensive hands-on experience with lateral drumming. Regardless of the drum type, whether carried or placed on the floor, this versatile technique can be applied to many different drums and situations. Participants will learn basic posture, grips and bachi types, striking techniques, sound production, as well as an introduction to the care and tuning of the drums. Emphasis will be placed on learning several rhythms, ranging from traditional Japanese patterns to Korean and Turkish rhythms, and how to consolidate these into a fluid, lateral technique. http://youtu.be/kIR-Bl3DEpM

All levels; A printed workshop hand-out will be provided.

Workshop Leader: Patrick Graham

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Key to your Ki

Tap into your ki (energy) with activities that will build awareness, activate individual and group ki, and erase the boundaries between players and the audience. The workshop will challenge participants in movement, rhythm, timing and improvisational skills, all without using taiko…the ki to becoming a better taiko player.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Workshop Leader: PJ Hirabayashi

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Miyake Taiko

Miyake Taiko is a traditional Japanese Taiko drumming style that has developed as a music in Miyake-island, an island of the Izu Island chain, locating at 180km south of Tokyo. During a traditional festival, Gozu Tenno Sai, the people on Miyake-island play Miyake Taiko from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and carry the portable shrine around the town.

Simple rhythm and powerful beat. Basically, the sound of Miyake Taiko is composed of only 3 straightforward rhythm patterns so that it does not require any musical scores. And also, it is distinguished form other taiko style by its quick and powerful beat. The intensity of the beat is described that the heads of drums used for Miyake Taiko must be changed once a year though those used for other taiko styles usually changed once in every 10 years. Through the years as a festival music, these two aspects have grown into the powerful and exciting groove of Miyake Taiko nowadays.

If you wish to take Miyake workshops from Tsumura-san, you will be ask to pay additional fee of $20.

Offering in both Beginner and Advanced level.

Workshop Leader: Kazuhiro Tsumura

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Naname / diagonal stance: Whip, torque and the absence of tension for  resonant ‘ka ra’ and strong ‘don’

Welcome!   We will bring out the sounds of the skin and fuchi as we work on stance, palm orientation, elbow flight paths, and different approaches to grips.  Add power through acceleration, relaxation, and torque.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Workshop Leader: Stuart Paton

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Odaiko: Form, Power, and Grace

This workshop will cover head isolation and stance, joint alignment and sequence, palm orientation, different  Odaiko grips.  Other topics will include turning from the hips, upper body torque or no torque, and adjusting the arms flight path accordingly.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Workshop Leader: Stuart Paton

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Odaiko “Learn How to Play Odaiko” 

This workshop will be a basic introduction to the fundamentals of playing Odaiko.  We will explore grip, stance, stroke, as well as tips that will improve your overall sound and form.  Participants can expect to come out of this workshop with a better idea of how to play Odaiko in both a solo and ensemble setting.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Workshop Leader: Isaku Kageyama

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Playing as an Ensemble and Stage Presence

Performing in public requires more than just the basics of playing the taiko. Stage presence, working as a group and group dynamics are all part of what can make an ok performance into a great performance.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Workshop Leader: Roy Hirabayashi

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Performing Taiko

Understanding the difference between playing taiko and performing taiko can be tricky but important for those of us who take a stage.  This workshop explores one’s connection to an audience and includes topics like: understanding and expressing intention; stage presence and stage craft; playing with one’s face; and using your body as a a tool of expression. Basic familiarity with taiko required. (participants should be prepared to play a rhythm – even just one line from a song –  from their own repertoire)

All levels of experience are welcome.

Workshop Leader: Mark H. Rooney

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Solid Shime Daiko Playing 

Good shime daiko technique will improve your technique on all sized taiko.  This class will concentrate on the intricate shime daiko techniques and patterns found in the lively festival music of Edo Bayashi (Tokyo festival music).  Emphasis will be on timing, playing with precision, grip, sound, nori (groove), and relaxing.

Workshop Leader: Kenny Endo

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Taiko Communication (Approaches for Improvisation)

This workshop emphasizes the connection and communication between taiko players. Exercises are designed to increase one’s skills in interacting with, listening to, and being aware of your fellow taiko drummers as you play. We will explore listening skills, passing energies, vocabulary expansion and other phenomena that can occur while experiencing kumidaiko.

Basic familiarity with taiko required.

Workshop Leader: Mark H. Rooney

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Taiko Set

The practice and performance techniques of playing multiple taiko with be covered in this workshop, among them:  basic grooves, independence, soloing, traditional Japanese rhythms, and accompanying.

Workshop LeaderKenny Endo

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Taiko Stairmaster

Taiko Stairmaster is the ultimate taiko excercise to make both left and right hands equal. As many taiko drumming pieces emphasize the right hand over the left, many practicioners gradually find a large difference strength and control between the right and left hands. With this in mind, Art Lee created the Taiko Stairmaster in 2004 with seven levels of difficulty. 

Workshop Leader: Art Lee

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Tokara Drills for Ultimate Skill Building

Musics for the mind. Drills for the body. This workshop includes drills which teach your mind how to count without thinking, and your body how to move without counting.

Recommended for all levels.

Workshop Leader: Art Lee

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Tokara Style Yokomenuchi

A different style of playing Yokomenuchi (sideways) with movement based upon the Chinese martial arts, where the arms move continuously while playing.

Workshop Leader: Art Lee

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Two-Person Slant Moves

Learn “Scuttlebutt” to seamlessly hand-off batchi to the next player and “Three’s Company” for fun-filled, three-batchi madness.

Workshop Leader: Kristofer Bergstrom

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Tools, Tips, and Tricks of the Taiko Trade

In-depth explanation of how to use the metronome, multi-track recorder, and multi-track video for effective research and practice.  Also covers notation, hearing protection, batchi selection,
and drum maintenance.

Workshop Leader:  Kristofer Bergstrom

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Tottemo Yoi!

Learn a movement exercise on/around betta drum, kakegoe/chant, interplay of 3-basic ji, soloing.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Workshop Leader: PJ Hirabayashi

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