Thursday, October 31, 2013

What I used to think...

In my first year or so of taiko, I used to think that:

- I only needed one pair of bachi.
- Japanese taiko was mostly "traditional" kumidaiko.
- Crossovers (on okedo) were the most impressive thing.
- Paradiddles were impossible!
- Getting a better sound meant hitting harder.
- Calluses meant you were skilled
- Taiko would just be a hobby
- Bachi were bachi (length and weight didn't matter much)
- There were just a few reasons why people played taiko.

This is just a partial list, and over the years assumptions came and went.  I wonder what I would think 10 years from now about what I think now?

What about you?  What do you know (or think you know) now that was different from what you thought in the beginning?


  1. I avoided most of these because I started reading this blog early, and it got me thinking about those things. But "Taiko would be just a hobby"... Ahahahahahahahah!!!! Oh my.... Was I ever wrong :-)

  2. 'It won't take up much of my time....'

  3. My thoughts:

    - All taiko groups play flat and slanted.
    - All taiko groups had wine-barrel drums or Asano drums.
    - As the number of years you spend playing taiko go up, the more "advanced" you are... meaning a great, well-rounded player with good form and great music knowledge.
    - All taiko songs are loud.
    - Kiai was just shouting with your voice.
    - Every group had songs that were written down in music notation and passed out to members when in the learn-the-song stage...
    - Blisters and calluses meant your hands were getting stronger...
    - You could join any group you want, as many as you wanted, and taiko groups would be okay with it.

  4. If by hobby you mean obsession then, yeah, it's just a hobby...
    One of my early assumptions was that the more I practice the better - read "less bad" - I'd get. So far it seems like the more I practice the worse I was to begin with and the more practice I need just to be mediocre. Damn!

  5. A few of mine:

    - Once I'd memorized the rhythms and patterns of a song, I was pretty much done learning it.
    - Faster is better.
    - Kiai is awkward and scary.
    - Everyone in the group is here for the same reasons.
    - The people I look up to and learn from will always be around.