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Taiko - Japanese drumming

Compiled by Paul Marshall 2000 -

Taiko - Japanese drumming

Traditional taiko playing is perhaps thousands of years old, contemporary taiko playing has built rapidly on that foundation

Taiko Drumming - tone generation

Essentially taiko is closer to drum kit drumming than the other forms of percussion that its 'world music' label may indicate.  This is by virtue of the fact that the instruments are played almost exclusively with sticks (bachi), furthermore many of the sticking patterns and rudiments are common to the two. Generally one taiko drum is played by one person for a song.  however It is becoming increasingly common to see 'kumi-daiko' which sets up several drums around a central playing position.  This is similar to a drum kit's toms, although kumi-daiko are not normally ordered by descending tone.

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