Taiko Backbeats App

Developer: Allen Liu
Release Date: 2017
License: (c)2017 Allen Liu. All rights reserved. Use with Proper Credit. For more information and to share comments or suggestions contact developer at: dokodon.com

About

From developer Allen Liu…

Taiko Backbeats started out as a personal project since I mostly practice by myself. Then I figured other folks may find it useful as well, so I cleaned it up and decided to share it with the taiko community. This will forever be a work in progress. Please feel free to email me if you have any comments, suggestions or any other ideas that you would like to share.

Taiko Backbeats let’s you use one of several common taiko Ji patterns, or, make your own!

Features include:

  • Preset or Custom Ji
  • Continuous Play
  • Adjustable Tempo
  • Hit Strength (Example: don vs. DON)
  • Chu Sound
  • Shime Sound
  • Ka Sound
  • Vocal Hup
  • Save Settings
  • Reload Settings

Files

Access app online: http://dokodon.com


Sketches (Phrases, Patterns, & Grooves [4])

Composer: See individual listings
License: Creative Commons Share Alike.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/

About

From Song Database Editor Wendy Jedlička…

This “Sketches” section of the TaikoSource Song Database is a place to share small parts. It need not be a whole song, just a few phrases, or a fun groove will do nicely. Sometimes a simple audio theme is enough to give people inspiration. Composer, Julie Schramke (Taikollaborative), created her song Mori no Koe based on the pattern for “shave and a haircut..2-bits.” What might your fun little pattern inspire? Contact us with your audio sketch to share. A basic mp3 recording with a short write-up about the sketch is all we need. If you can write-out your pattern too, then bonus! Use the “Submit a Song” link to submit your info and mp3. 

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn these pieces.

Sketch: 2164
About: On a 10°F evening in mid-January, a bunch of curious people got together in the (chilly) Taiko practice room at 2164 Rosewood Ln N, in Roseville MN, USA, with Kris Bergstrom, Maz Baba, and Shoji Kameda to delight in their Compose by Number Workshop — we soon warmed-up the place! —Wj
Note: 2164 is also included as a song on the database as it’s a bit more extensive than one phrase and is used by Taikollaborative as a transition piece with hand percussion (Uchiwa and Clave), but it’s also not really a whole long song either. Where might you take this base idea? —Wj 

Arrangement: Wendy Jedlička with Compose By Numbers Workshop Participants, Minnesota 2011
Composition date: Jan 2011
Notation PDF: 2164-ComposeByNumber011711
mp3:

More info —
Compose By Number: A step-by-step guide to composition for taiko
by Kristofer Bergstrom / ComposeByNumberTaiko-cbn_root
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Sketch:
Conga Sketch 042512
About: This is a test drive of newly acquired congas.
Composer: Peter Ford
Composition date:
Jul 16, 2012
mp3:

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Sketch:
General Groove 1
About: The pieces in the General Groove series come from this odd idea: What if way back when only the drummers showed-up on the day of the battle? How different would conflicts look today if they were resolved only with drums? People will have conflicts, they may even want to come to blows, but resolving the issues through the beat of drums would make the world a much groovier, and healthier, place. — Wj
Special thanks to Roy Hirabayashi and Kris Bergstrom for helping me discover I can ‘paint’ pictures with musical notes. 

Composer: Wendy Jedlička
Composition date:
Jul 16, 2012
Notation PDF: GeneralGroove-1-Jedlicka-2012
mp3:

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Sketch:
Zen Garden (on cookie tin and toilet)
About: It may sound like a Zen garden… but it is a toilet and a cookie tin! Finger tapping the bottom like a gong; the top lid like a drum; and the side of cookie tin with fingernails for percussive accents. Toilet filling sounds like waterfall. But hearing the toilet tank slowly stopping (soon, a quiet toilet), I changed suddenly to the end, with a last echoing gong sound. That was fun! One recording take. — VC
Composer: Virginia Chong
Composition date:
Nov 16, 2017
mp3:

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Pounding Hooves

Composer: Rick Shiomi
Composition Date: 1997
License: (c)1997 Rick Shiomi. All rights reserved. Use with Permission. For use permission and song learning resources, please contact composer at:  https://www.facebook.com/rick.shiomi

About

Pounding Hooves was first performed in 1997 by Minnesota-based taiko group, Mu Daiko, and had been a favorite repertoire piece of this group throughout their 20-year history. Composer Rick Shiomi describes the song: Imagine a wide-open field with horses slowly gathering at first, but then forming together, gliding over the terrain in a wild, yet effortlessly powerful gallop with the wind blowing back their manes and tails. Why are they running? For the sheer joy of it.

This is one of those taiko songs that’s simple in its structure, but you’d never know on hearing it. Pounding Hooves is not too hard to learn, accommodates a wide range of taiko skills, has plenty of room for individual as well as group growth, and is always an audience (and performer) favorite.

Videos

Mu Daiko, Pounding Hooves (DVD: In Concert, no.2) — Hooves 2, arrangement Jennifer Weir.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-juklkUk-Y

Files

For use permission and song learning resources, please contact composer at:  https://www.facebook.com/rick.shiomi

See Also

Full Circle Theater Company
https://www.facebook.com/fullcircletheater

TaikoArts Midwest
https://www.taikoartsmidwest.org

Taiko Right-Left Practice (Drill)

Composer: Andreas Prescher / Kumano Taiko Dojo
Arrangement: Andreas Prescher / Kumano Taiko Dojo
Composition Date: 2016
License: (c) 2016 Andreas Prescher / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

About

A short, fun drill to train right and left sticking. This arrangement is for two chus and a chappa.

(Original composition name: Taiko Rechts-Links Ubung)

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

mp3:

 

Score PDF: Taiko_Rechts-Links_Ubung

Check Pattern (Drill)

Composer: Thom Hannum
Arrangement: David Cheetham
Composition Date: 2012
License: Open Source

About

Notes from arranger, David Cheetham…

This drill is an algorithmic approach to playing all possible combinations of notes within a single beat using a 4-part subdivision (16th notes, or 4 notes per beat). There are 16 possibilities, and this exercise covers them all in a logical order.

The exercise is played with the first line being repeated after each individual line, and the sticking for an individual line is always dictated by the first line, i.e. if a note’s position within the beat means it is left-handed in the first line, it will be left-handed in the individual line regardless of what else is happening in that line.

This drill is best played with a metronome and at a wide variety of tempos. There are also many variations and mutations of this drill for working on specific skills, such as splitting the ensemble into 2 groups and playing different patterns which interlock against each other, or playing it “filled in” where one plays all 4 notes every beat but adds an accent to the notes present in each pattern. This drill can also be played in a swing style for additional variation.

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

mp3:

PDF: check-pattern-2012-hannum-xlsx

Editable Excel file: check-pattern-2012-hannum

 

2164

Composer: Compose By Numbers Workshop Participants, Minnesota 2011
Arrangement: Wendy Jedlička
Composition date: 2011
License: Creative Commons Share Alike.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/

About

From workshop host Wendy Jedlička…

“On a 10°F evening in mid-January, a bunch of curious people got together in the (chilly) Taiko practice room at 2164 Rosewood Ln N, in Roseville MN, USA, with Kris Bergstrom, Maz Baba, and Shoji Kameda to delight in their Compose by Number Workshop — we soon warmed-up the place!”

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Notation PDF: 2164-ComposeByNumber011711
mp3:

See Also

Compose By Number: A step-by-step guide to composition for taiko by Kristofer Bergstrom
ComposeByNumberTaiko-cbn_root

Find more PDF scores, midi and mp3 files in the Taiko Jinsei Audio Pool
http://www.jedlicka.com/taikojinsei/TaikoJinsei-AudioPool

Kinzoku

Composer: Grady Mayo
Choreography: Jen Kong & Korabo Taiko
Composition date: 2015
License: (c)2015 Grady Mayo. Released under Creative Commons Share Alike license.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/
For additional help/information concerning Kinzoku, or if you would like to share your alterations with the composer, please contact Grady Mayo through Facebook, or email on score PDF.

About

From composer Grady Mayo…

Kinzoku means “metal”, and was heavily inspired by the genre of music that shares its namesake. I wrote this piece, originally, out of curiosity. I had ideas in my head that I wanted to put onto paper, and I ended up writing the first draft of the piece on a music notation program. After translating what was on the paper to actual drums, editing the song, and incorporating some choreography into the music, Korabo Taiko conceived the piece.

Kinzoku, itself, is structured much like Western popular music (verse-bridge-chorus format) and includes several metal-inspired rhythms and feels. The three “verses” serve as avenues that showcase the three different player groups – odaiko, chu-daiko, and taiko set. The piece is quite complex; the rhythms create strange grooves for the players, the time signature is woven out of odd meters, and the ji steadily changes. I hope that this piece provides a rewarding challenge for groups that take it on.

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece. (Kinzoku-GradyMayo-2015.pdf)

PDF Score: Kinzoku-GradyMayo-2015

Videos

Taiko Set Part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R4LEYGW8ao

Chu Part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZIzMUiG7KU

Odaiko Part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEYQuy6KlTA

ALL Parts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xa9hZ6PVTY&feature=youtu.be

See Also

Kinzoku is released under the “Creative Commons Share Alike” License. The composer encourages everyone to learn, practice, and perform the piece. If you would like to modify it, please give proper credit to the original composer and share the modified piece under the same license. For additional help/information concerning Kinzoku, or if you would like to share your alterations with the composer, please contact Grady Mayo directly.

Korabo Taiko
https://www.facebook.com/korabotaiko

Rebel Taiko Experiment
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx0fIGdt7eMZnYs0ehyU7RA

Grady Mayo on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/grady.mayo.9

Michinoku

Composer: Mitsuaki Sato
Arrangement: Sousaku Wadaiko Komanokai
Composition Date: June 30, 2011
License: (c)2011 Mitsuaki Sato. All rights reserved. Commercial use and reproduction of the score without permission is prohibited. This piece may be performed after purchase of the score. Purchase score: http://www.taiko-center.co.jp/english/index.html

A portion of the score sales are donated to the Aoi Koinobori Project as a reconstruction support fund for Tohoku. Aoi Koinobori Project: http://www.ryukoutengoku.info/3.11/ritsu.html

About

From Togo Miyahara, Taiko Center Co.,Ltd
(http://taiko-center.co.jp)…

After the great east Japan earthquake, this piece was first performed by “Sousaku Wadaiko Komanokai” — one of the pioneers of today’s taiko music — with taiko groups from the devastated coast area as part of their regular concert in 2011. Additionally, every May 5th the song has been performed to pray for the children who lost their lives and for the recovery of their hometown as part of an event called Aoi Koinobori Project held in Ohmagarihama, Higashi Matsushima city. This piece has also been performed by taiko groups in Las Vegas, and each year continues to spread around world.

Many players have performed this piece as a prayer for Tohoku, the region hardest hit by the 2011 earthquake. The score “Michinoku” was launched for sale on March 11th, 5 years after the earthquake. We believe that art and traditional performance is part of its heart and soul. Let’s play the sounds that bind us together, and dream that this piece will be performed as a prayer for those who lost their homes and loved ones, and hopes for a brighter future.

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Purchase score: http://www.taiko-center.co.jp/english/index.htm
Click: Shop / Other Products

Videos

東日本大震災復興祈願和太鼓合同曲「陸奥-MICHINOKU-」
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkq9IgMtQiM

See Also

http://taiko-center.co.jp

Beginnings

Composer: Marco Lienhard
Choreography & Arrangement: Marco Lienhard
License: (c)1995 Marco Lienhard. Use with permission. After workshop, credit song with proper info on song and composer.

About

From composer Marco Lienhard…

Beginnings was written as a celebratory song. After the hard labor of creating the islands, the land and the people — the Gods of Japan rejoice with this song.

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Music will be made available if workshop is conducted through Marco Lienhard.

For more information visit: http://marcolienhard.com

Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_TNEBb1dDs

See Also

http://taikoza.com

http://marcolienhard.com

Kagura

Composer: Traditional, arranged by Tsukiboshi Sensei
Choreography & Arrangement: Tsukiboshi, M. Lienhard (Arrangement 1995)
License: Use with proper credit: Tsukiboshi, M. Lienhard arrangement.

About

From Marco Lienhard…

This is one of the basic songs of the Kaitoryu style.

Kagura means shrine (shinto) music. This is performed during the Spring celebration at the Shinto shrine of Tobishima Mura in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Passed on to members of Ondekoza by Tsukiboshi Sensei, it is accompanied by a Matsuribue tuned by Tsukiboshi Sensei that usually is played along with the taiko piece.

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Music will be made available if workshop is conducted through Marco Lienhard.

For more information visit: http://marcolienhard.com

Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T8otu0PLv4

 

See Also

http://taikosource.com/?s=kagura

http://taikoza.com

http://marcolienhard.com