Friday, July 3, 2009

Kris' 30 Days to Better Shime, in print!

Kris Bergstrom's (On Ensemble) free online program, 30 Days to Better Shime, is available in print form. You can download the PDF here. All audio tracks are available for free download as well.

Or for $30 you get:

  • 30 daily exercises for shime daiko
  • a bubble calendar (pop a bubble after each day completed!)
  • CD with audio tracks, including metronome tracks for practice
  • Twice weekly email check-ins from Kris himself for 30 days of your choice

This program has great explanations and support. Kris doesn't just tell you how to do things, he asks you to create and challenge yourself as well. For example, he'll introduce a Rhythm Maker (p. 49) as a way to create a series of rhythms randomly. He also offers regular assessment tools throughout the program--you'll really notice your improvements!

Kris Bergstrom is a great taiko player, but also a very helpful person who wants to share and answer questions. If you download the program, please consider making a donation for all he did to put this together.

Note: This is not a beginning-level program. You should have at least some taiko experience.

Check out the OnEnsemble blog pages. They're a fun read and often updated:

Kris Shoji Maz Kelvin

30 Days to Better Shime will be available for purchase at NATC.


  1. Thanks for the post, Carrie! We'll be doing a group session of 30 Days to Better Shime just after Taiko Conference in August. More info coming soon!

  2. Yes, please let us know about the group session when you have more information. Too bad I already bought my plane ticket... Looking forward to STI though!