Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Since I started taiko drumming in February, I’ve attended two shows.

The first one was in April. My reaction? “Holy crap, they’re really good!”

The second one was last night. They’re still really good, but now I have a better appreciation of what they’re doing, what’s hard, what’s exhausting, what’s improv, and all the little tweaks they make during the course of a live performance.

It’s like how I learned to watch hockey differently over the years. Now as I watch people drum I analyze what I like about their style and try to incorporate some of it into my own.

What’s the taiko equivalent of an ice hockey lacrosse goal?

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