TaikoSkin Podcast Ep.21- 'How Taiko Improves Our Lives'

You wouldn't be playing taiko if you weren't getting something out of it. We'd love to hear your thoughts about how taiko has benefited you. Isaku Kageyama and I talk about how it's been a plus for us.



Tip of the Month
It can be annoying to hear from someone else, but keep up (or get back with) the exercise! If you're looking to stick to a diet or exercise routine, nothing helps better than a partner. When one isn't available, a good app on your phone is almost is good.


Video of the Month
A must-see video of a full concert by Michel Camilo, Giovanni Hidalgo & Anthony Jackson. Check out Giovanni Hidalgo's incredible percussion solos.



Feedback
Feel free to send in your questions and comments to: taikoskinpodcast@gmail.com 

Isaku's Homepage:
http://www.isakukageyama.com/

TaikoSkin Podcast
The TaikoSkin podcast covers a whole range of topics related to taiko- building drums, starting groups, getting performances offers, going to grad school. Just about anything really. Download them in the iTunes store, or find all of the episodes here.


As always, take care and keep on drummin'.

TaikoSkin Podcast Ep.20- 'Things We Wished We Knew'

If only I'd known that when I first started playing taiko. Isaku Kageyama and I talk about things that would have been helpful to know when we first started playing.



Tip of the Month
Are they famous? Has anyone ever heard of them? Don't let these questions affect you when exploring new taiko music. Try to cast out the preconceptions and you'll have a much better chance of making some interesting discoveries.


Video of the Month
We have two videos this month- the first is a feature of SF Taiko Dojo on ABC's "Profiles of Excellence", and the second is of Kenny Endo on on PBS Hawaii.





Feedback
Feel free to send in your questions and comments to: taikoskinpodcast@gmail.com 


Here are some other taiko related resources you might find helpful:


Isaku's Homepage:
http://www.isakukageyama.com/


Taiko Information:
Taiko Playing Styles
Why are Taiko Drums So Expensive?
How to Play Taiko Drums
5 Ways to Get Better at Taiko
Finding and Learning Taiko Music
Getting in Taiko Playing Shape
Taiko Drums vs Other Percussion


Taiko Building:
Where to Get Taiko Drums
How to Make a Happi Coat
How to Make a Taiko Drum
How to Make Handles on a Taiko Drum
How to Make Shime and Oke Taiko Heads
How to Make Taiko Skin (Drum Heads from Cow Hide
How to Make Practice Taiko Drums
How to Paint a Taiko Drum
How to Make Practice Shime Drums
How to Make Taiko Sticks (Bachi)
How to Make Tire Taiko
How to Raise Money


TaikoSkin Podcast
The TaikoSkin podcast covers a whole range of topics related to taiko- building drums, starting groups, getting performances offers, going to grad school. Just about anything really. Download them in the iTunes store, or find all of the episodes here.


As always, take care and keep on drummin'.

TaikoSkin Podcast Ep.19- 'The Pros of a Taiko Job'

We talked about some of the cons of a job in taiko in the last episodes (here and here). In this episode, Isaku Kageyama and I talk about some of the positive experiences we've had in our experience with taiko drumming.



Tip of the Month
How to sound like Hayashi Eitetsu. Isaku gives a detailed breakdown of some of the characteristic grooves of Hayashi Eiitetsu. Check out his great blog post to master the grooves for yourself.


Video of the Month
This month's video features Bo-Sung Kim, demonstrating some changgo rhythms at the Global Music Academy in Berlin. 



Feedback
Send in your questions and comments to: taikoskinpodcast@gmail.com 


Here are some other taiko related resources you might find helpful:


Isaku's Homepage:
http://www.isakukageyama.com/


Taiko Information:
Taiko Playing Styles
Why are Taiko Drums So Expensive?
How to Play Taiko Drums
5 Ways to Get Better at Taiko
Finding and Learning Taiko Music
Getting in Taiko Playing Shape
Taiko Drums vs Other Percussion


Taiko Building:
Where to Get Taiko Drums
How to Make a Happi Coat
How to Make a Taiko Drum
How to Make Handles on a Taiko Drum
How to Make Shime and Oke Taiko Heads
How to Make Taiko Skin (Drum Heads from Cow Hide
How to Make Practice Taiko Drums
How to Paint a Taiko Drum
How to Make Practice Shime Drums
How to Make Taiko Sticks (Bachi)
How to Make Tire Taiko
How to Raise Money


TaikoSkin Podcast
The TaikoSkin podcast covers a whole range of topics related to taiko- building drums, starting groups, getting performances offers, going to grad school. Just about anything really. Download them in the iTunes store, or find all of the episodes here.


As always, take care and keep on drummin'.

Ondekoza Directing Music & Rhythms: Tokyo Kids 2012

Ondekoza will be participating in the fifth annual Music & Rhythms: Tokyo Kids. 

As a part of the Tokyo Culture Creation Project, "Music & Rhythms: Tokyo Kids" is an opportunity for children to build bamboo instruments and discover the joy of creating sound and music. With workshops beginning in August, the project will build up to a music festival featuring an array of international musicians, to be opened to the public on September 16th in Tokyo. Dates and registration details can be found below.

Japanese: http://www.station.li/music/MR2012.html
English: http://www.bh-project.jp/kids/eng/event/data/mr_tokyo_kids2012



TaikoSkin Podcast Ep.18- "Before Going Pro"

Thinking about making taiko your job? There are things to think about, decisions to make, finances to fix, before making the jump. Isaku Kageyama and I talk about these through the lens of our own experiences in this edition of the TaikoSkin Podcast.



Tip of the Month
If taiko is your job, find something other than taiko that will help you wind down and relax. As Isaku discusses, jobs can be stressful, even if its something you love to do, so it can be helpful to find others means of fun as well.


Video of the Month
This month's video is a brief talk by percussionist, Bill Summers, who discusses the importance of silence and slow tempos in music, and how they can be more difficult than playing fast, complicated pieces. 



Feedback
Send in your questions and comments to: taikoskinpodcast@gmail.com 


Here are some other taiko related resources you might find helpful:


Isaku's Homepage:
http://www.isakukageyama.com/


Taiko Information:
Taiko Playing Styles
Why are Taiko Drums So Expensive?
How to Play Taiko Drums
5 Ways to Get Better at Taiko
Finding and Learning Taiko Music
Getting in Taiko Playing Shape
Taiko Drums vs Other Percussion


Taiko Building:
Where to Get Taiko Drums
How to Make a Happi Coat
How to Make a Taiko Drum
How to Make Handles on a Taiko Drum
How to Make Shime and Oke Taiko Heads
How to Make Taiko Skin (Drum Heads from Cow Hide
How to Make Practice Taiko Drums
How to Paint a Taiko Drum
How to Make Practice Shime Drums
How to Make Taiko Sticks (Bachi)
How to Make Tire Taiko
How to Raise Money


TaikoSkin Podcast
The TaikoSkin podcast covers a whole range of topics related to taiko- building drums, starting groups, getting performances offers, going to grad school. Just about anything really. Download them in the iTunes store, or find all of the episodes here.


As always, take care and keep on drummin'.

TaikoSkin Podcast Ep.17- "Taiko Burnout"

Do you ever just get sick and tired of taiko? Or of anything for that matter? You do it because you think you love it, and you've devoted a big part of your life to it. But at some point, it can just become too much. You don't enjoy it the same way you once did. You feel obligated to stick with it, but there's a part of you that just wants to walk away. This is a burnout, and we'll be talking about it in this episode of the TaikoSkin Podcast.


Tip of the Month
Throw away your bachi sticks! Sticks get old after a while, and though they can be fixed up, often times it's just better to get knew ones. Why? When they're damaged, they can hurt your drums. 


Video of the Month
This month's video is found on the United Nations Website. It's a live recording of Ondekoza and a group of Japanese musicians performing at the UN Headquarters, as a part of the commemoration tour for the earthquake in Japan. 






This is the link for the video if you need it.


Feedback
Send in your questions and comments to: taikoskinpodcast@gmail.com 




Here are some other taiko related resources you might find helpful:


Taiko Information:
Taiko Playing Styles
Why are Taiko Drums So Expensive?
How to Play Taiko Drums
5 Ways to Get Better at Taiko
Finding and Learning Taiko Music
Getting in Taiko Playing Shape
Taiko Drums vs Other Percussion


Taiko Building:
Where to Get Taiko Drums
How to Make a Happi Coat
How to Make a Taiko Drum
How to Make Handles on a Taiko Drum
How to Make Shime and Oke Taiko Heads
How to Make Taiko Skin (Drum Heads from Cow Hide
How to Make Practice Taiko Drums
How to Paint a Taiko Drum
How to Make Practice Shime Drums
How to Make Taiko Sticks (Bachi)
How to Make Tire Taiko
How to Raise Money


TaikoSkin Podcast
The TaikoSkin podcast covers a whole range of topics related to taiko- building drums, starting groups, getting performances offers, going to grad school. Just about anything really. Download them in the iTunes store, or find all of the episodes here.


As always, take care and keep on drummin'.

When to Throw Out Bachi Sticks

taiko drum sticks bachi
--Photo by Omer van Kloeten

Most of us have the bad habit of using taiko sticks for too long.

If they haven't snapped in half, or got chipped, then why not keep using them, right?

Unfortunately, no! 


Check for Cracks

Make sure to regularly check the hitting ends of your sticks for flaking. Look at the end of your drum stick straight on (i.e. point the stick at yourself). You might see some cracks between the grains. If so, it's time for that stick to go.

These cracks are little splits in the wood, and the ends of the splits are surprisingly sharp. This means when you hit a drum with them, you're damaging the skins. 


Must They Be Thrown Out?

I know it feels bad throwing out a stick on account of a few tiny cracks. It's tough. But damaged skins are far harder to fix/replace than damaged drum sticks.

If you absolutely don't want to throw away a pair of sticks, then one option you could try, is to cover the cracked ends of the stick with a layer of wax (like candle wax). I've seen this done, but it's only a temporary solution, and it can also lead to wax sticking onto your taiko skin. 

Some sticks are just hard to make or replace (like big odaiko sticks, or yatai-bayashi sticks). Again, the best option is to replace them when they start cracking, but if you can't get yourself to do it, the wax option might be a choice here. 


Check Regularly!

I rarely used to check my sticks back in the day, and even when I did, I pretended not to see the cracks. Bad idea! I regret it. It can lead to your skins getting scratched, and it can also add to the flaking that occurs in some (not-so-well prepared) skins.

Sticks, unlike the drums, are expendable supplies. Replace them when the time comes- your drums and your drum-playing will be grateful for it.


Here are some other taiko related resources you might find helpful:


Taiko Information:
Taiko Playing Styles
Why are Taiko Drums So Expensive?
How to Play Taiko Drums
5 Ways to Get Better at Taiko
Finding and Learning Taiko Music
Getting in Taiko Playing Shape
Taiko Drums vs Other Percussion


Taiko Building:
Where to Get Taiko Drums
How to Make a Happi Coat
How to Make a Taiko Drum
How to Make Handles on a Taiko Drum
How to Make Shime and Oke Taiko Heads
How to Make Taiko Skin (Drum Heads from Cow Hide
How to Make Practice Taiko Drums
How to Paint a Taiko Drum
How to Make Practice Shime Drums
How to Make Taiko Sticks (Bachi)
How to Make Tire Taiko
How to Raise Money


TaikoSkin Podcast
The TaikoSkin podcast covers a whole range of topics related to taiko- building drums, starting groups, getting performances offers, going to grad school. Just about anything really. Download them in the iTunes store, or find all of the episodes here.

TaikoSkin Podcast Ep.16- "Starting a Taiko Group 2"

So you're starting a new taiko group- where do you get your drums? Where do you practice? Where do you find a teacher? And if there aren't any teachers, where can you learn? We offer some tips and resources for anyone considering starting a taiko group, or trying to establish some fresh direction for their new team.


Tip of the Month
Learn some basic music theory. As Isaku explains, it can change the way you hear, perceive and play music, even for taiko players. 

Video of the Month
I unfortunately lost track of the video that I mentioned in the episode, so I posted this instead. Why? Because Reggie Watts is a talent and a half. Trust me, this is the best thing you'll see today.





Feedback
Send in your questions and comments to: taikoskinpodcast@gmail.com 


Here are some other taiko related resources you might find helpful:


Taiko Information:
Taiko Playing Styles
Why are Taiko Drums So Expensive?
How to Play Taiko Drums
5 Ways to Get Better at Taiko
Finding and Learning Taiko Music
Getting in Taiko Playing Shape
Taiko Drums vs Other Percussion


Taiko Building:
Where to Get Taiko Drums
How to Make a Happi Coat
How to Make a Taiko Drum
How to Make Handles on a Taiko Drum
How to Make Shime and Oke Taiko Heads
How to Make Taiko Skin (Drum Heads from Cow Hide
How to Make Practice Taiko Drums
How to Paint a Taiko Drum
How to Make Practice Shime Drums
How to Make Taiko Sticks (Bachi)
How to Make Tire Taiko
How to Raise Money


TaikoSkin Podcast
The TaikoSkin podcast covers a whole range of topics related to taiko- building drums, starting groups, getting performances offers, going to grad school. Just about anything really. Download them in the iTunes store, or find all of the episodes here.


As always, take care and keep on drummin'.