How to Make Taiko Stands

--Photo by the Lonely Drummer

J.D., founder of Rutsubo Taiko in Boston, and blogger of the Lonely Drummer, has posted an excellent guide on how to make taiko stands- specifically Miyake and Yatai-bayashi stands. His ingenious design is actually a combination of the two styles of stands- you can easily switch between both, depending on the song and style you choose to play.

For those unfamiliar with the two styles, the Miyake style allows the drum to be placed horizontally on the stand, allowing the drummer to hit the taiko from the side. It also allows for the use of both sides simultaneously by two drummers.The Yatai-bayashi style places the drum on the ground- at an angle. Yatai-bayashi is played sitting down, with the legs stretched out along the side of the drum. 

Anyway, do check out JD's step-by-step, and keep your heads up for further updates and new designs on the Lonely Drummer.

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

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

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

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.

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