“Do Ro Ka Ra Don Don Don”: If you can say it, you can play it!
Come try playing taiko with our ongoing Beginner Taiko Drumming Classes. You can begin in any session and renew per session. Classes are held once a week for 4 weeks.
2018 Beginner Taiko Session 8
August 2, 16, 23 & 30 (no class on the 9th)
Paul Butler, Instructor
This session will focus on the “shime” style of drumming. The shime is the time keeper in taiko, playing the base beat or what we call the “ji”. This is a key part of taiko drumming and you will learn the main basic “ji” patterns. We will teach you everything from proper stance, how to hold the drum sticks (called “bachi”), and striking technique and styles, in addition to teaching you about the history and traditions of taiko.
Classes are open to adults of all ages, musical backgrounds and experience. In fact, no experience is necessary. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.
Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It’s a good workout, so bring a bottle of water too.
LOCATION: Classes take place at our dojo in the Defensive Arts Center, located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131
(Entrance to the complex is across W Country Club Rd)
COST: $60 for the 4-week session
REGISTRATION: Please register on this page: Beginner Class Registration
Session 8 – Shime Style: August 2, 16, 23 & 30 (no class on the 9th)
Session 9 – Naname Style: September 6, 13, 20 & 27
Session 10 – Beta Style: October 4, 11, 18 & 25
Session 11 – Odaiko Style: November 1, 8, 15 & 29 (no class on 22nd)
Session 12 – Shime Style: December 6, 13, 20 & 27
To sign up for future classes, please click on “Other dates…” in the registration page above.
Playing taiko is a lot of fun and is also a great workout, we hope you’ll join us soon!