Jiuchi (Ji-Basic)


Listed here are Jiuchi (Ji-Basic) common to many Taiko songs, or new/other Jiuchi to share. Typically played on Shime or Atarigane (Kane, Chan-Chiki), but also played on the edge of a Chu or Odaiko, on a Cannon (Tetsu-zutsu), Chappa or Clave, or other instrument able to audibly raise above the main drums.

Note: The Kuchi Shoga used here: Tek-Ke = Te-Ke, TekKe = TeKe. Use preference may differ by region, but the meaning is the same. テ ケ = teke, from http://www.taikonyc.com/kuchishouga

Kuchi Shoga Key: Kuchi Shoga on TaikoSource.com Song Database.

Classic Jiuchi

Notation Notes:
— CAPITAL letters indicate “LOUD.”
— Mixed Capital and Lower Case Letters indicate “medium.”
— lower case letters indicate “soft.”
— Parentheses ( ) indicate “more soft.”
— Brackets [ ] indicate a “rest” in the count.

Straight-Ji = TenTen TenTen TenTen TenTen …
Insight: Can be eighth or sixteenth notes depending on the speed of the piece — sticking remains the same.

Western count 4/4 time: Eighth note straight hits
Even hits: 1&, 2&, 3&, 4&
Sticking: R L R L R L R L

Swing-Ji (aka: DoKo or Horse Beat) = Tek-Ke Tek-Ke …
Insight: You can often find this beat as an accent option on metronomes (it appears as an eighth note triplet minus the middle beat). A super fun exercise is to do one measure Right accented, then the next Left accented, then Right…etc.

Western count 4/4 time: Eighth note triplet with the middle hit missing [8th rest]
Even hits: 1[&]A, 2[&]A, 3[&]A, 4[&]A
Sticking: R-L R-L R-L R-L
R/l, Right accented stroke option: TEK-ke TEK-ke TEK-ke TEK-ke …
r/L, Left accented stroke option: tek-KE tek-KE tek-KE tek-KE…

TEN tekke (Horse Beat) = TEN tekke …
Insight: Keep left close (1″ or less) to drum head at all times for a more “driving” feel.

Western count 4/4 time: Sixteenth notes with the 2nd hit missing [sixteenth rest]
Accent on the downbeat: 1[e]&a, 2[e]&a, 3[e]&a, 4[e]&a
Sticking: R-rl R-rl R-rl R-rl

Matsuri-Ji = TEN tsuku Ten Ten (or, TEN tsuku ten Ten)

Western count 4/4 time: Accent first quarter note, then two eighth notes (soft), then two quarter notes (med.)
Single accent: Accent on the first hit of the measure: 1, (2&), (3), (4)
Single accent Sticking: R (rl) r l
Double accent: Accent on the first and last hit of the measure — …Four, ONE 1, (2&), (3), 4
Double accent Sticking: R (rl) r L


Jiuchi Resources

Jiuchi Metronome with Shime sound. Classic Ji-beats, plus option to make your own new patterns and save to .mp3 or .wav. Beat visualizer, with volume adjustment for each beat to help with learning (or creating) the right dynamics.

Taiko Jinsei Audio Pool
Song-length downloadable audio and sheet-music files to help work on solos, songs, or Ji training. Formats: .mp3, MIDI, plus PDFs for visual training. Sound files at various speeds: 4/4 quarter note = 80, 100, 120.
-Temporarily Unavailable-

Additional Jiuchi To Share

TERE tsuku = TERE (tsuku) … (Play the tsukus super super super quietly)
Insight: Think — HIT HIT (touch touch) HIT HIT (touch touch)

Western count 4/4 time: Eighth notes alternate LOUD LOUD (soft soft)
R/L, accent on the first and third pair: 1&, (2&), 3&, (4&)
Sticking: RL (rl) RL (rl)

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