Last week I nailed the sycncopated beat I had been struggling with and I had a great time playing the Oroshi which is a series of beats played on the Taiko that continuously gets faster until it played very fast and then we start over. Watako often plays one set of beats twice and then plays the rest of the beats one bar (think thats the term) out of sync with the rest of the group so when we’re playing, Don ma ma Kon ma ma Don ma ma Kon ma ma (where ma is a silent non-played part) then she is playing, toka toka toka toka toka toka toka toka (where toka is a right hit quickly followed by the left stick).
I also went in and out of sync and still managed to keep in time so was very pleased. We played Oroshi for an hour straight without stopping and my Boshi didn’t slip from my right hand once, by the end of the practice I was also trying to lean back and forth in time with the drum hits, this is part of the performance in one of the songs and usually throws my beat off but now I keep rythym.
However later in the night when I had to use the syncopated sequence in a song I screwed it up and went back to a 1 – 2. I also screwed up the simple beat from the song I should have learnt by now.
Last week however I found some kids playing Taiko in School, and saw where they hid their boshi, so I will approach them and see if I could practice with them. One of the kids was pretty good, playing a complicated beat that involved crossing hands and playing on more than one Taiko.
Yesterday was Taiko practice, but I missed it. I was tucked up in bed by 8pm and wasn’t going to move for love nor money… not good. I will have to try double hard next week.