Introducing the teko technique

“teko” technique (taiko) introduction 5 groove b

I don’t know why we didn’t find this sooner! A surprisingly easy way to create double-strokes… now called the “teko” technique (“fulcrum” in Japanese). By simply moving the rim click hand (left hand in the video — my right hand is using “ryoutan”) over the edge of the drum a bit, one can totter the batchi over the edge, allowing the butt of the batchi to leave the skin for a moment and hit again when the batchi returns upward. It works on tsukeshime, okedo, and nagado… any drum with a roughly horizontal face and no protruding rim (like a snare or uchiwa). Now to find more uses!..

4 Responses to “Introducing the teko technique”

  1. Andy says:

    Uh, just gone done watching this about 15 times. Love the pattern, could listen to a few more minutes of it..

  2. Margaret says:

    Fascinating! (Although I really enjoy the groove, a clip of the LH isolated would help me to understand what I’m hearing. :)

  3. Martin Novillo Corvalan says:

    I was always wondering why some taiko players uses white bands in one side of the bachi

    • kris says:

      I use white electrical tape once the ends of my softwood (“ho”) batchi start to fray. It’s just a way for me to get the batchi to last a little bit longer. I go through *a lot* of batchi. :)

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