Taiko can be a fun hobby, a time to bang on the drums and make a loud noise. It can also be a profoundly life altering experience, awakening you to new strengths and new ways of connecting with people. These principles shaped Odaiko Sonora, and following will help you understand how taiko can be a force for growth on the team and in your life.
Cultivate kaisen (continuous improvement of technique/musical ability).
Taiko is most beautiful when players are playing in unison, with musicality and proper technique. Strive for accuracy and focus. Remember that at any level of development, improvement is the goal.
Strive at all times for correct kata (form).
Your body, breath, bachi (drumsticks), and the taiko work together as an instrument, and kata involves using each of these with proper technique. Play with ki, rather than muscle.
Strive to embody the concept of shoshin (beginner’s mind).
An open and willing attitude encourages growth and acceptance of change. Know the history and culture of the art form and the songs you play. By doing so, you honor how taiko came to you and deepen your appreciation of the practice.
Bring lots of good ki (energy) to your practice.
Taiko celebrates community. It is the excitement of playing the drum, and sharing that enthusiasm with others. Whatever you are feeling most strongly in your spirit will be conveyed when you play, so embrace patience, humility, willingness, generosity, and joy.
By following these principles, you will find taiko an ideal way to express new strength and skill, celebrate human connection, continue your personal growth, and have fun!