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Introducing the teko technique

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

“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!..

Copyleft battle solo: 405 doubles – DWJO v MBKB

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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Copyleft battle solo: 405 – Greaser

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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Copyleft battle solo: 134 – Roy G Biv

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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Where to start!?  The 134 was difficult for me to wrap my head around at first.  I spent a tremendous amount of time trying to feel it, since I don’t do very well trying to count while playing.  I spent so much time on that, in fact, that I sort of ran out of time to actually put the solo together and I’m very excited to revisit and revise it here.

If you’re not familiar with it, the 134 is played in 12/8 time.  That may sound intimidating, but it’s really just 4/4 where every “beat” is an eighth-note triplet.  Still confused?  The slow parts of Led Zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused should clear it up for you.  Go listen =) At first, I had a really tough time understanding how the Matsuri patterns and the triplet fit together, so I hope that explanation helps someone out!

What I found most challenging about developing a solo around the triplet ji is that the tempo remains pretty slow, even at performance speed where you invariably go faster than you practiced everything.  Placing those ka’s properly continues to be tough for me and I hope to practice and address this in a future update.

- Kerry

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Copyleft battle solo: 134 – Dream Machine

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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Copyleft battle solo: 134 – Neutrino Oscillations

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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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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