Friday, October 30, 2009

Taiko Drill Part 56, Keeping a Steady Beat III

Friday has found us yet again. I hope your Friday finds you well!

Focus: Rhythm, Dexterity
Watch For:
1. Try to relax throughout the whole drill. If you feel your body tense up as you get closer to the end, but you're still keeping up with your metronome, stick with that tempo for a while until you're able to relax. (There's a fitting example of this at the end of the video.)

Woo hoo! We made it to the last part of the drill! If you're just tuning in, be sure to check out the first and second parts of this drill first.

Here, have a look at the last section:

Line 12: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 &
Line 13: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 &
Line 14: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4

Remember that every number is played by your base hand. Bold parts should be played by the other hand.

You can follow the final "4" with Line 1 to loop through from the beginning.

Here's the video:

You can change the dynamics of this drill easily. I know that Odaiko New England sometimes practices it with all hits at the same volume, but on a taiko set. Try playing all the downbeats on the right drum and the upbeats on the left drum.

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