Archive for June, 2013

Copyleft battle solo: 101 – One Love

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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Copyleft battle solo: 10 – Tortured Orchard

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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Copyleft battle solo: 10 – Kara Clap Kat

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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I decided to partake in the Matsuri Crasher Battles to improve on my own taiko playing as an individual. One aspect of my playing I felt needed work was the basics, particularly my left stance slant-style playing. I have always heavily relied on my right side but am continually striving to find ways to strengthen both sides of playing. When I heard about the 10 format, it seemed like a great fit to accomplish my goals. I was able to play slowly and focus on my kata while additionally working on timing.

When planning the solo, I wanted to integrate Matsuri rhythms particularly the ‘kara kat kat’ end-line and have the solo progress in rhythm and movement. I also hoped to work on timing and have the audience involved. This created the concept of the ‘kara *clap* kat’ not only help me keep rhythm, but also involve the audience who knew Matsuri. Working with Kris, I was able to create patterns that fit the clapping base beat.

From creating one set pattern, I was able to repeat it 3 times and work on 3 different forms that progressed musically and in movement from section to section. My first section was left handed stance, simple rhythms. The second section utilized a form similar to that I learned while playing taiko in Japan. Lastly, the third section had more complex patters with my right handed stance.

Each section pushed my skill level for a different stance and utilize progression. The 10 structure really made me think of “ma” and where my body, arms, bachi, and expressions were. It also helped me listen better and not rush or speed up the tempo.

Good luck with your Matsuri Battle and I hope these words/this post was helpful!

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Jodaiko and TaikoMotion workshop – playing slowly and confidently

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Thank you to the members of Jodaiko and TaikoMotion for a fun workshop this evening! We focused on playing slowly, and what the challenge reveals about basic form.

Thanks to Aki for the help, to Alex for the ride home… and Stephanie, I love you!

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