Matsuri Crashers Solo Prep Step By Step
Next Battle: July 28 in Torrance CA
In the coming 9 weeks, I’ll be guiding participants through preparing a solo for the next Matsuri Crashers battle, to be held on Sunday July 28, 2013, in conjunction with the opening of Asano Taiko US and the Los Angeles Taiko Institute. I’ll be teaching battle workshops in LA and San Diego, posting videos, and providing feedback to individuals… basically doing anything I can to enable you to join us! If you would like to receive weekly emails as part of the program, subscribe here.
Take a look at the Matsuri Crashers Two-Month Solo Prep Step By Step flowchart. It outlines the rough order of events I’ll be following and will give a sense of the overall process. Of course, you’re welcome to follow whatever process works for you to have a solo ready by July 28!
Step 1) Make space for practice
The program begins with you making space for practice. You will need between three and 10 practice sessions between now and the battle. These can be before or after your weekly group practices. They can be at home on the weekend, in the garage, playing on a tire. The biggest challenge of these battles is proper preparation. Making space for practice now will help resist procrastination and the frailty of practice time. Feel free to send me your scheduled dates/times (kris at on ensemble dot org) to strengthen your commitment.
Need further inspiration?
Our artform of taiko is the *only* music or dance form I can think of where performers don’t practice on their own. Even the most humble music program at the most humble elementary school gives a student a trumpet to take home and use in practice. Arranging a way to practice on your own is the biggest thing you can do to improve your taiko. Overcome that first barrier and it will benefit you for years to come. Find time to use your group’s, borrow a drum, or cobble together something resembling a drum and schedule your practices today!