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.
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Here are some other taiko related resources you might find helpful:
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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
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
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How to Make Taiko Sticks (Bachi)
How to Make Tire Taiko
How to Raise Money
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'.