I am happy to be able to add a new online tutorial feature to the website. This has come about due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic which has resulted in having to indefinitely postpone all classes and workshops for adults, and in schools. So I have been working hard filming and editing new tutorials for drills and repertoire, which will be available here on an ongoing basis.
There will be both free and paid for tutorials available. If you like the the free tutorials and would like to help towards the creation of these, donations would be gratefully accepted. All paid tutorials will require you to have a free Youtube account and can be paid for via PayPal or all major debit / credit cards, using the buy now buttons, and will come with additional learning resources. Once you have bought a tutorial (or series of), you will be emailed links to the video's and resources, and access will be unlimited. Enjoy!
You don't even have to own a drum! There are lots of great ways to do the drumming, even if you haven't got a drum, or if you don't want to annoy the neighbours ...... too much! Easy alternatives can be used, such as a cushion, upturned bucket or old style black bin, and a couple of wooden spoons or cut down broom handles for sticks. There are also practice drum pads like the one in the image below, available online or via ebay. If you're feeling creative though, here's a video on how to make your own practice Taiko drum from an old tyre and some packing tape.
Body warm up exercises (18 min tutorial) Price: Free (donation optional) All donations will go towards making the videos, and improving equipment for classes and workshops.
Full body warm up and stretches to get your body ready for some energetic Taiko drumming! Also great to use on a daily basis to keep yourself supple and get ready for the day ahead. Full video below:
Taiko basics for beginners (37 min tutorial) Price: Free (donation optional) Learn the basics of Taiko drumming, taking you through bachi (sticks) grip, stance, notation and basic beats, through to a simple practice drill. Then have fun playing together with a friend.
Tengu Taiko warm up drill (practice drill: 25 min tutorial and includes notation resources) Price: £5.00 An fun and energetic warm up drill that helps practice a few different body movements, strikes and beats. Once the pattern has been learnt, movement between drums can be added to make this a fast paced workout. This can either be used for solo practice, or as a group to help with timing and preparing for the session ahead. Preview below:
Ji-uchi drills for Shime Daiko (practice drills: 25 min tutorial) Price: Free (donation optional) All donations will go towards making the videos, and improving equipment for classes and workshops.
In this video, we go through the four main types of ji-uchi (backbeat) Gobu gobu, Shichi-san, Mitsu-uchi and Matsuri. Drill 1 shows how to practice playing through each of these in succession at the same tempo. Drill 2 shows how to practice each of the ji-uchi leading with both the right and left hands. Full video below:
Multi drum drill (practice drill: 20 min tutorial) Price: Free (donation optional) All donations will go towards making the videos, and improving equipment for classes and workshops.
Taiko drumming drill for playing over multi drums. Based on the 1 E & A drill using an emphasised beat which moves along the line as the drill progresses, but applying this to use over three drums. Full video below:
Odaiko drill and full pattern (drill and repertoire: 50 min tutorial and includes notation resources) Price: £5.00 Odaiko (big drum) tutorial where we look at a practice drill to help with co-ordination and timing, then go through a full pattern with easy to follow step by step instructions. Both drill and pattern are also transferable to playing on a Nagado placed on a down stand. Preview below:
Echoes in the Mirror (repertoire: 26 min total video time) Price: Free (donation optional) All donations will go towards making the videos, and improving equipment for classes and workshops.
A fun piece that is great for getting 2 groups to work together, and helps improve timing. This is a part of a larger composition which was originally written by Fabrizio Perini. The version described in the tutorial is one that was taught to me many years ago and is available for groups to use and teach to others. Full video's below:
Cross Hands Swing (repertoire: 46 min tutorial and includes notation resources) Price: £10.00 A full original piece for your group to learn, whether it be just for fun or to add to your performance repertoire. This piece was written by Tengu Taiko Drummers founder, Jared Hardwick, and is now available as an open source piece, meaning that you have permission to perform it and teach it to others. Preview below: