New Additions!

TaikoSource is proud to announce the opening of a new section of the website dedicated to Equipment! In this section, you can find resources for purchasing or building drums or other equipment. This includes an update list of places to buy skins, collected with the help of Stuart Paton!

Of course, I recognize that the lists in this section are far from comprehensive. If you know a source not on the website, please contact me!

On a side note, it was great to meet so many of you at WTG last weekend! I’ve been considering your suggestions and how TaikoSource can continue to evolve to suit your needs. As part of this process, please look forward to a new version of the Glossary in the near future! Also, the Bibliography, Discography (now including the video lists as well), and Glossary can be found in a new section called “Reference.” Feel free to browse around the site, and as always let me know if you see anything wrong or have any suggestions! Thanks!

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!