The Return of the Group Map, & TaikoSource at WTG

We’re proud to announce the return of the TaikoSource Group Map! Following an extensive rehaul of the group database, in which we’ve added over 100 new groups and removed many groups that are no longer around, the Group Map is back up and running!

We’ve also added a few new elements to the Group Map. First off, you can now search for groups within a chosen radius of a zip code or address. Next, we have a submission page that you can use to add your group to the database!

We’ll be continually adding to the Group Map, so be sure to keep stopping back!

Also, TaikoSource will be at the World Taiko Gathering in Los Angeles July 17-20. Come visit us at the Taiko Community Alliance table in the Taiko Marketplace. You’ll be able to chat with the TaikoSource team, check out our offerings (as well as those of our partner organization the Taiko Community Alliance), and more! We hope to see you there!

TCA Drum-Building Workshop

The Taiko Community Alliance is hosting an online Drum-Building Workshop on Saturday, June 21 at 1 PM Eastern/10 AM Pacific. Lead by Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko, the workshop detail how to build your own practice taiko.

And if you’re interested in making your own drum just like the one Stuart will be building, you can purchase a practice drum kit from the TCA to be sent to your house!

For more information, including details about the kit and purchase costs, visit the workshop announcement.

Also, as an aside, this workshop will be a nice lead-in to the next major TaikoSource initiative about the building and purchasing of drums. Stay tuned for more information!

Learning Taiko in Japan

Continuing from our Learning Taiko in Japan Q&A this past Saturday, TaikoSource is please to announce the beginning of a new series about Learning Taiko in Japan! Our three panelists on Saturday – Chris Holland, Joe Mignano, and Joe Small – will all be writing articles about the experience of learning taiko performance (and the various musical arts in which the drums are used) in Japan. The first article by each author will be an introduction, and then each will write about their own experiences, giving tips about learning in Japan: what to do, what not to do, what information sources may be out there.

The series begins with an introductory article by Chris Holland, just posted today; introductory articles from Joe and Joe will follow, posted on a regular schedule. All articles in the series can be accessed on the series page.

Be sure to leave feedback for the authors in the comments, and be sure to keep checking back for more content!

Learning in Japan Q&A May 10

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Please join the Taiko Community Alliance and TaikoSource for a special online Q&A session Saturday, May 10, at 4 PM PST!

TaikoSource will be launching a new article section, featuring guest writers discussing a variety of topics. The first series will be about Learning Taiko in Japan, related to TaikoSource’s new Learning section that features information for people interested in studying taiko both in Japan and the United States. In coordination with the launch of this article series, TaikoSource and the Taiko Community Alliance will be hosting an Online Q&A session with the Learning Taiko in Japan series contributors: Chris Holland (Amanojaku, Tokyo, Japan), Joe Mignano (Nihon Taiko Dojo, Tokyo, Japan), and Joe Small (UCLA, Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai, Tokyo, Japan). The Q&A will be hosted by Ben Pachter, TaikoSource owner and chair of the TCA Online Resource Content Committee.

The Q&A will be streamed to the world via Livesteam, allowing you to not only watch the proceedings but also participate in the Q&A via Livestream’s chat function – viewers can submit their questions to be answered by the contributors.

Please join us on Saturday, May 10 at 4 PM PST!

Group Class Info Search Opened

Good afternoon everyone! Last month, TaikoSource launched a new Learning section, in which we are looking to provide resources for people interested in learning taiko. We began with schools and short-term learning experiences (regular workshops, etc.). Now, we are looking to expand the list to include groups that hold regular public classes. If you would like your group added to the list, please contact me at ben@taikosource.com. Please include: Group Name, Group Website, Group Website, Class Info Website – also, any other details that you might want to provide and have added to the website would be welcome.

Your assistance is essential to the creation of this list, as there are so many groups out there that it’s hard to track down everything.

Thanks for your help, and keep an eye out for this and much more updates from TaikoSource!

Updates!

Greetings, taiko lovers!

I wish to begin this update post by apologize for the long period without updates or new content. We’ve been going through some changes behind the scenes, dealing with administration changes, refining content, and taking care of some server-related issues. BUT! I believe we’ve solved all of that, and can get back to providing you with content and information to help you along your taiko path, regardless of whether you’re a beginner or have been playing for quite some time.

We start our revival with a new section dedicated to Learning how to play taiko. Within this section, you’ll find a list of school in the United States and Japan where you can learn how to play this art form that is loved around the world – we plan to expand these listings to also include schools in other countries. Additionally, you can find listings of workshops and programs where you can learn taiko on a short-term basis (again, we’re starting with the United States and Japan, with plans to expand). There is also a link to a section of our Song Database featuring materials that might be of use as you embark on your taiko journey.

Thanks for visiting, and look forward to new content soon!