In the spirit of the European Taiko Expo, we’d like to offer you our freshly baked community piece “Shodaiko”!
What is special about Shodaiko?
Shodaiko is a piece that offers different types of challenges for your group. It allows people to make their own voices heard and explores specific aspects of taiko playing, at the same time as being accessible to a range of players. Each of the voices in this piece focuses on a different aspect and invites each person to challenge their safespace – students and teachers alike. The coexisting characteristics of the voices are constructed as follows:
- Chu-daiko focuses on choreography, simple rhythmic patterns, and is easy to access
- Okedo-daiko is groove centered, inspired by Kion Dojo and GOCOO, with unusual hand sticking
- Shime-daiko emphasizes technical and controlled playing, for more advanced players
In order to make this piece accessible and enjoyable for as many groups as possible, we composed solely for beta/flat-stand position, added a simplified version of the shime-daiko voice, and arranged a third version which includes metal percussion and an O-daiko voice.
This is our first piece that has been specifically written with the taiko community in mind and we hope you’ll have as much fun playing it as we had creating it. In short: It’s all about starting something new!
So, have fun and bring the Big Bang!!
|Cheat-sheet: Extra notes|
|Notation: Regular version|
|Notation: Basic shime version|
|Notation: Shodaiko Plus (metal percusion and O-daiko)|
|Audio: All voices||WAV|
|Audio: All voices with click||WAV|
|Audio: Chu only||WAV|
|Audio: Chu only with click||WAV|
|Audio: Okedo only||WAV|
|Audio: Okedo only with click||WAV|
|Audio: Shime only (regular version)||WAV|
|Audio: Shime only (regular version) with click||WAV|
We’d love to see you playing this piece!
If you have a video of your progress, please upload and tag it with #Bringthebigbang and #Shodaiko to share it with the community.