WORKSHOPS FOR TAIKO GROUPS
If your Taiko group is looking to learn some new skills, a new piece of repertoire, or is simply seeking some new drills and exercises to reinvigorate your training, we have multiple options for you to choose from. Our instructors have extensive training and practical experience in various styles of Taiko and related techniques, and we're happy to share this knowledge and offer any guidance we can. Below is a list of some of our more popular workshops, but please get in touch via the contact page for a full list and pricing information.
Explore the Space (All Levels)
In this workshop we provide a fundamental 'Taiko Toolbox' of movement patterns and rhythmic expressions to help participants effectively ‘colour’ the space around them, and develop balanced symmetrical form behind the drum. Drills will focus on increasing awareness of optimal striking positions, dynamic grips and stances, strengthening the individual’s internal clock, and exercises for moving effectively around the drum. The workshop also covers an introduction to flashy stick tricks and 'Bachi Sabaki' movement.
OK Katsugi! (Can be scaled to suit to all levels)
Participants will be taken through an introduction to Katsugi Okedo playing, beginning with a primer on optimal drum setup, basic grips, arm movements, and exercises for maintaining control of the drum whilst in motion. Exercises will focus first on improving technique (especially left hand technique), when playing both front skin and horizontally. A variety of specially created drills and patterns will be used to help improve cross-over speed, power, dexterity, and rhythmic vocabulary.
Narimo-YES! (Can be scaled to suit to all levels)
Participants will be taken through techniques on Chappa (hand cymbals) and Atarigane (small gong). From the various grips, stroke types, available sounds, and rhythms to help build solid technique, before going through potential movement and performance ideas.
Cross-hands Technique (Can be scaled to suit all levels)
Participants will learn how to develop a smooth, relaxed flow between two drums, with emphasis on the related techniques, grips, movements and body positions used to execute this type of playing effectively. You will learn how to maximise your movement potential and relaxation to improve speed, timing, visual impact, power, accuracy, and articulation on multiple drums.
Progressive Shime Daiko Techniques (Intermediate-Advanced)
This workshop is designed to improve technique on Shime Daiko, using a deconstructed method of practice that promotes relaxation, whilst improving speed, power, accuracy, timing, articulation, and dynamic range. The workshop features a series of challenging drills based around specially selected drum rudiments and rhythmic patterns, which will help expand playing vocabulary.
Unlocking Creativity and Improvisation (Intermediate)
The aim of this workshop is to unlock the individual’s creative potential, by demystifying the process of solo improvisation and composition, freeing the mind to play without stress or anxiety. A series of specially created drills will help participants develop their own toolbox of rhythms and movement patterns, and build confidence to solo without fear in a range of musical contexts.
Polyrhythms and World Grooves for Taiko (Intermediate-Advanced)
In this fun and challenging workshop, we’ll take you through the brain-melting minefield of playing multiple rhythms and meters at the same time, and introduce you to some wicked-cool grooves from around the world. We’ll demonstrate how these can be used within the context of Taiko using multiple voices and textures to create some crazy grooves of your own. A great workshop for gaining a deeper understanding of complex, interlocking rhythms, and odd time signatures.
Taiko Set Playing (Intermediate-Advanced)
This workshop focuses on a kit style multi-drum setup, and how to move and play in a relaxed and effective way across two or more sources. Exercises will help you develop general playing technique, and teach you how to perform smooth transitions between drums whilst leading from either side. We also offer advice and ideas on orchestration, use of textures, and showmanship to help you create that killer drum solo!
The Riddler (Advanced)
In this workshop, participants will learn a series of drum rudiments and hybrid rhythmic figures, which are then combined and played across three drums. It's an intense, challenging, and fun multi-drum sticking exercise, which will teach you how to lead efficiently and effectively with both hands; offer a huge variety of rhythmic options for composition and solos; and test your memory, dexterity, articulation, timing, speed, and movement. Will you face "The Riddler"?
We also offer a range of repertoire workshops. All workshops are based on either original Tsuchigumo compositions, traditional songs, open source pieces, or we have been given permission by the relevant composer. Below is a selection of our most popular workshops, but we have many other songs in our teaching repertoire, so please contact us for a full list.
“Kuru-Kuru” Workshop - Great entry level piece, with focus on foundational striking techniques, shapes, and body movement. (All Levels)
“Mozamjam” Workshop - This pieces uses the Mozambique rhythm as a base, and brings together other world music flavours in a fun and challenging celebration of drumming. (Beginner - Intermediate)
“Omoi Yo!” Workshop - Using our bodyweight to effectively communicate mood, power, and grace is a hugely effective skill to develop, and the concepts introduced in this piece will make you think about how your body moves; help you develop upper/lower your body co-ordination; and improve your cross rhythm listening skills. (Intermediate-Advanced)
“Hotei No Yoroi” Workshop - With a funky, swinging base, this physically demanding piece features lots of off-beat rhythms, syncopation, and advanced movement. (Intermediate-Advanced)