DIY taiko doukake (ki-pad)

I like to use hits on the body of the taiko for a nice, woody sound that’s higher-pitch than the rim of the taiko. On my own drums, I just play the body directly, but when borrowing a taiko, I need a way to cover the body. Enter the “doukake”, or “ki-pad” as we call it (“ki” is the kuchishoga term we use for this hit, as opposed to “ka” for the regular rim). It turns out it’s easy to make a doukake from the staves of a discarded taiko barrel.






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