Posts Tagged ‘30 days to better shime’

Another City and Taiko Group

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

During Taiko Jam, Shoji thanked all of the taiko groups we stayed with during our crazy tours.  From Seattle to St. Louis to Toronto to Boston (and all in-between), we have stayed in awesome homestays.  We are forever grateful to those who have put us up.  This time when we went to Phoenix, AZ for the WAA conference, Shoji and Kelvin stayed with Eileen and Patrick, and Kris and I stayed with Esther and Ken of Fushicho Daiko.  We had a great time getting to know them.  I’ve known Esther for a long time.  She came up to Mt. Shasta to visit Shasta Taiko and Mark Miyoshi when Shoji and I were wee kids.  Ken is a wonderful artist who has traveled the world playing his music and is a proud father of a wonderful kid who dubs himself Miro, “M-I-R-O”.

While Shoji and Kelvin spent time at WAA, I had a very rare experience which was shoe shopping with Kris Bergstrom!  Everyone knows that Kris is a wonderful person, but has extreme traits like his veganism, chooses to only wear shorts, and he usually only shops for food, so shopping for shoes was a brand new experience for me!

Later on, Kris taught an introduction to his 30 Days to Better Shime program to members of Fushicho Daiko and members of their community groups.  It’s a great program and you can download it for free on the above link.


Thank you Esther, Ken, and Fushicho Daiko for a wonderful time!

Last chance to sign up for 30 Days to Better Shime Round 3!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009


We will be starting our group practice session of 30 Days to Better Shime this coming Saturday! Download your free workbook and CD here, or order your printed copy today. Add your name to the email list to receive daily encouragement – starting on Saturday!

Order your 30 Days set now for round 3!

Monday, July 27th, 2009


Order your “30 Days to Better Shime” printed workbook/CD/desk calendar set today for delivery at Taiko Conference!

I’ve just finished preparing printed sets for round three of the “30 Days to Better Shime” program, Aug 22 through Sept 20.  Hundreds of taiko players from around the world will be joining me for 30 days of at-home shime practice!

Order your set today by sending me an email (kris at OnEnsemble dot org) or calling 310-350-8825!

About the program –

30 Days to Better Shime is a one-of-a-kind program of shime-daiko drills, challenges, and tests to improve small drum technique!  Daily, 15-minute exercises cover a wide range of topics, from basic hand coordination, to timing, and creativity.  Participants use the program’s workbook and companion audio files to learn key drills for improving speed, control, and dexterity.  The program has been utiziled by over 400 taiko players in 13 countries

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