I have spent a portion of my quarantine playing the assortment of bowls, shakers, and random sound makers I've accumulated. This has inspired me to practice small-drum rudiments and play the shime-daiko again. In this workshop, I'll do a quick overview of grip and strike, show some drills I've found most helpful, and share my current approach(es) to composing for these instruments.
Please have ready:
- bachi -- medium-weight or drumsticks if available
- a pillow -- something to hit without rebound
- a practice pad -- something to hit with rebound
- chopsticks -- for use as bachi, so not your nice ones
- something green, something red -- a post-it of each color is perfect
See you there! -- Kris
mic test: talking, drumming
red and green indicators
required starting equipment: bachi, pillow, practice pad
-- Did you get dressed before noon?
-- Has the pandemic has taught you something about taiko?
-- Today I feel like being a student (green). Today I feel like being a creator (red).
Ice Skater-esque call and answer on pillow
try on practice pad for 2min. Q: What would each surface offer your brain/hands in training?
note your questions for later
Grip and strike
- standard curriculum: drumset, 30 Days
goals: relaxation, simplicity, dexterity, control
difference from taiko grip
note your questions
- study others: Benny Greb
- let the music teach you: tone and consistency meets ergonomics
Challenge pattern (exerpted from https://youtu.be/Ryd0yS_KW9M?t=104)
on "found instruments": plastic lid, metal lid, cardboard/paper, something that rings
The student's skills: being putty, questioning, researching
How to be the researcher
- determine the issue
- make success/failure clear
The composer's skills: sensitivity to personal taste, follow-through
- find the love
"Development" challenge on found instruments: 1's -> 2's -> 3's
- working together