Wowowow, so much new stuff in taiko class today:
– rim taps
– light drum taps
– hitting a three count within each beat
The light drum taps aren’t totally new. We saw them once or twice back in February, but I didn’t know how to hold the bachi back then to do it quickly and effectively. Now that I’ve got the don grip down, I can understand shifting my grip toward my index fingers for the taps.
There’s a name for the taps, but I can’t remember it. Yet.
I had tons of fun with the don-tap and do-ko-tap combos. But then it got better! We added showy arms! All of a sudden it’s not just rhythm and form and strength, it’s finer control and some flair as well.
Things are definitely more complex now. I’m loving it!