kuchi-shōga

口唱歌 (くちしょうが)

“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, chū-daiko, atarigane, fue); different groups or regions may use different vocabularies as well; the taiko adage, “if you can say it, you can play it” is an expression referred to learning kuchi-shōga first before playing it on a drum

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