Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. The drums range in size from roughly a snare drum to drums as large as a car. The most common drum size in taiko is the size of a wine barrel. During the 1900’s, taiko drumming became a musical art form that involved a music ensemble and tightly choreographed movements.
One of taiko’s most defining aspects is its dynamic playing style. Taiko playing is loud, hard, and fast, and involves a lot of choreographed movement that many identify with Japanese martial arts. This exciting, highly choreographed Japanese taiko tradition features drummers playing overlaying parts on specific drums.
Pick up taiko fundamentals including the history of the taiko, gripping the sticks, stance, kata (movements and body positioning), basic timing, and rhythms.
Begin with a physical warm-up followed by a series of drills, which when put together, create a taiko song.
You need to be in good physical condition and wear clothing you can move in. Real taiko drums, some African stick drums, and some practice taiko buckets will be available. Please bring your own taiko drum if you have one. Register early,,class size is limited.
Date Sunday, February 25
Time 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Cost $60/50 payment 10 days in advance