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


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


Access app online: http://dokodon.com

Kuchishoga Periodic Table

Author: Kristofer Bergstrom, taiko.la
Date: 2015
(First appearance 2012, http://onensemble.org/2012/12/work-in-progres-squarepusher/)
License: Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike International 4.0


The Kuchishoga Periodic Table is a graphic notation system for taiko — including kuchishoga — for documentation and communication of a wide variety of sounds on the Taiko drum as well as movements.

Notation PDF:  kuchishoga_periodic_table_150621
Draft ver. 150621. Posted with permission.

For ongoing updates visit:
Kris’ Blog (Coming soon…)


Example of pieces using this notation system

Early sketches:

Refined piece:

From Kris…
Squarepusher score: squarepusher_score_121230
Here is a very rough draft of the score for the piece [Squarepusher using the Kuchishoga Periodic Table Notation]. It’s incomplete in parts and hasn’t been split properly into pages, but for the brave taiko explorer, it has the tone and sticking notation.

See Also

Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI)

Taiko Notation (A work in progress)

This PDF contains notation types typical for taiko: Kuchi-shōga, Kanji/Katakana, and Western notation.

As new information comes our way, we’ll update this PDF. If you’d like to add to the PDF, or make a correction, let us know!

Current PDF chart: Kanji-West-Notation-090214

Update notes:

090214: “Su” corrected to quarter note value.”n” added.

090114: Western notes changed to outlined objects. Simply copy/paste into document, no font needed. If you’d like the word.doc version to use for composing, just let us know.

Updates to do: Finish Kanji/Katakana and Rests as outlined objects.



Kuchi-shōga (shouga), kuchi shoka (shouka), kuchi showa (shouwa) — “mouth writing”, “mouth singing”, “mouth chatter”; mnemonic system of vocalizing taiko sounds and patterns in a type of solfege solmization; part of the oral tradition in teaching/learning Japanese music; different instruments have their own vocabulary (e.g. shime-daiko, chu-daiko, atarigane, fue); different groups or regions may use different vocabularies as well; thetaiko adage, “if you can say it, you can play it” is an expression referred to learning kuchi shoga first before playing it on a drum. (From TaikoSource.com Glossary)

Kuchi-shōga Pages

Rolling Thunder Learning Taiko
Grid broken into instrument type, includes listening exercises. http://www.taiko.com/taiko_resource/learn.html

Tatsumaki Taiko
Sounds used in teaching taiko by kuchi showa. http://users.lmi.net/taikousa/taiko_rudiments.html

Rudiments showing kuchi showa in use. http://users.lmi.net/taikousa/taiko_rudiments.html


Kuchi Shoga practice during STI 2009