[30days_round4] Thank you for joining us for 30 Days to Better Shime, Round 4!

  • From: Kristofer Bergstrom <kris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 30days_round4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 22:12:04 -0800

Hello taiko friends!  This is the first email to the 30days_round4
list.  46 of us are on board for the January session of 30 Days to
Better Shime!

The 30 Days to Better Shime program is a month-long series of daily,
15-20 minute exercises.  The program begins with a starting point
test, then focuses on coordination, moving into more complicated
techniques, timing, and even a bit of composition.  The course ends
with a final test so you can compare your progress.

Your first task is to prep your materials (a workbook and audio
files).  We'll start practicing on Jan 1.  I'll send emails to the
list a few times a week to check in.  I am available for questions of
any kind (I love talking taiko!) for all of January.

Two-Part Prep
  We start Jan 1 and I want everyone to jump in from day 1!  I'll be
on tour from Dec 29 and while I'm hoping I'll have daily email access,
I'd like us to get all the prep squared away with plenty of time to
spare, so I'm not inundated with questions on Dec 31.  Please do the
following two things in the next few days to prepare for the program.

1) Download workbook and audio files
  Go to http://onensemble.org/2008/12/30-days-to-better-shime/ and
follow the instructions download your workbook and audio files.  Read
pages 3 and 4 of the workbook.  Take a test listen to a few of the
audio files and make sure you're all set.  If you've downloaded the
files in the recent past, you don't need to download them again.
Note, however, there have been a few tweaks and the audio file numbers
have changed since the original, 2008 version.  If in doubt, feel free
to download again.  Also feel free to share the workbook or recordings
with friends.  They are released under a copyleft license that allows
free sharing.

2) Ready your drumpad and sticks
  I use very light western drumsticks (size 7A, for what it's worth)
for most of this kind of practice, but anything goes.  Lighter wood
"shime batchi" are fine.  If you don't have a drumming practice pad,
you can pick one up at any music store, or better yet, make your own
by gluing an old, rubbery mousepad to a piece of scrap wood.  Anything
bouncy will be fine.

Again, please don't put this off.  We want to get all this logistical
stuff out of the way so that picking up your sticks and practicing on
Jan 1 is quick, easy, and fun!

Let me know if you have questions.  I'll check in again before we begin.

Thanks again everyone!  Happy holidays!


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