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groups around the world,
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Learning to Play Taiko
First and foremost, it's important to understand that although taiko drumming is a form of music, it's probably unlike any other kind of music in the world. In many taiko styles (including Tamashii's), movement is just as important as rhythm, so in our view, taiko can be thought of as 50% dance and 50% music.
Taiko movements also tend to be hard and fast, and generally very tiring. This means that to perform taiko well, you will want to be in good shape and develop speed and endurance -- much like martial art training. Any kind of training requires a massive amount of hard work, even if it's at http://www.elearners.com rather than the dojo. The highest-level professional groups in Japan have very intense physical exercise regimens to complement their music and dance training.
But don't let these observations deter you; basic taiko drumming is suitable for all ages, skill levels, and fitness levels -- even kids!
Join us at one of our upcoming workshops to try it for yourself!