Taiko Lesson – Learn Obon Festival Drumming
Thank you for dropping by! There are two components to this online taiko lesson on Bon Daiko, or Obon Festival Drumming. The first is an in-depth look at Hokkai Bon Uta, an Obon Festival classic. Lessons 1-2 focus on the fundamentals and basic patterns. If you’re just starting out, or would like a refresher, please begin the course here. If you’re already familiar with the piece “Matsuri” you could probably skip to Lesson 3.
The second component explores a wide range of Obon Festival classics. At the beginning of each video, there is a brief intro on the history and lyrics of each piece. In the second part of the video, we’ll explore how to play each song.
By the end of this taiko course, I hope you have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Obon Festival and the music. I played my first Obon Festival when I was 8 years old. It’s music that is very dear and personal to me, and it’s an honor to share it with you!