(notation coming soon)
The Shaga section was the most foreign for me, as the motions of brushing and scratching the skin are more akin to playing shaker than taiko. That having been said, the hours spent touching the skin and playing so gently have really helped me bond with the instrument. I’m extremely careful about how I treat my drum’s one pristine head. In the end the techniques are not quite as esoteric as expected; I now love to use scratching motions on odaiko as well.
The independence required in this section was one of the most technically challenging parts of the piece for me, and I spent many hours going very slowly figuring out each successive sound. I practiced mainly on my my desk and on my notebook while riding the bus. Shaga is amenable to practice anywhere.
A note of caution. If your drum skin is not perfect and has cracks or flakes in the first layer of the skin (called the “gin”), you can damage the skin further by improper technique. A fingernail can easily get under a crack and flake off the gin. Watch the video closely for how I use different fingernails in different directions. Practice slowly and carefully, especially when using actual skin.