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1 Taiko Traditional Japanese Drumming

2 Origins Century old style of drumming (1400 yrs) Rumbling sound of the drum associated with the gods –Drum is inhabited by a god It is said that the furthest point at which the village could be heard marked the edge of the village. Originated in temples and shrines –Festival related –Holy men allowed to drum

3 Okede-daiko Nebuta festival in Aomori Multiple sizes –Extremely large to very small –Not ALL sizes are possible Produces a ka sound when struck Strike the outermost metal ring of the body –Weak wood, easy to damage

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5 Taiko in Warfare Used to motivate troops, set marching pace, make announcements Six paces per beat of the drum Nine sets of five = ally summon Nine sets of three = pursuit –Sped up x3 or x4

6 Taiko as an Art Pre-1950s not viewed as an art form Previously used in courts to perform Gagaku music Most popular current use is in a taiko ensemble –Post war phenomenon in Showa (1951) –Daihachi Oguchi (kumi-daiko style)

7 Taiko Terms Bachi ( sticks used to play the Taiko Ma ( a Japanese term for space, used in music to describe periods of rest Oroshi ( series of hits, sped up into a roll O-uchi ( ) main rhythm Ji or Jiuchi ( basic supporting rhythm, described as the meter –Jikata is a person who plays the Ji rhythm

8 Taiko Drums The word taiko means fat drum in Japanese Daiko is a suffix used to describe a type of drum or ensemble The nagado-daiko ( long body drum) consists of two pieces of cow hide stretched over a wooden barrel Tsukeshime-daiko ( heads are stretched over iron rings with smaller body, tight ropes

9 Other Drums Okede-daiko (, barrel-body taiko) Uchiwa-daiko ( fan taiko) Hira-daiko (, flat taiko) O-daiko (, big taiko) The okede-daiko can be played on a stand, but are often strapped to the body so a drummer can walk as he plays

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11 Kodo An elite taiko drumming ensemble Based in Sado, Japan they helped to revitalize taiko drumming post WWII Kodo means heartbeat, and also children of the drum

12 M18Rb98So&search=kodohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p- M18Rb98So&search=kodo &search=taikohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwceyfSrXU0 &search=taiko


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