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How to Hold Taiko Bachi (& Tips for Better Playing)

March 29, 2019

How to Hold Taiko Bachi (& Tips for Better Playing)

 

  1. How to Hold Bachi 

  2. Tips for Better Playing 

 

1. How to Hold Bachi


We recommend you to ask your teachers or taiko friends first. But if there are no taiko teachers or friends around you, try the following five ways. 

WAY1: THUMB & INDEX FINGER:

Holding Bachi with Thumb & Index Finger
Hold with the thumb and the index finger firmly and wrap the remaining fingers around the bachi lightly. 


WAY2: THUMB, MIDDLE FINGER & RING FINGER:

Holding Bachi with Thumb, Middle, & Ring Finger
Hold with the thumb, the middle finger and the ring finger firmly and wrap the remaining fingers around the bachi lightly. 


WAY3: PINKIE FINGER & RING FINGER:

Hold Bachi with Pinkie & Ring Finger
Hold with the pinkie finger and the ring finger towards the palm firmly and wrap the remaining fingers around the bachi lightly. 


WAY4: TIPS OF THUMB & INDEX FINGER:

Hold Bachi with Tips of Thumb & Index Finger
Hold with the tips of the thumb and the index finger and adjust the slight movement of bachi with the remaining fingers. (For thin bachi like shime daiko bachi and bamboo bachi) 


WAY5: ALL FINGERS

Hold Bachi with All Fingers
Hold with all fingers firmly in order not to drop bachi. (For thick bachi like odaiko bachi)

2. Tips for Better Playing


TIPS1: RELAX

Basically, the player should not hold bachi strongly too much. To hold it too strongly, the player's wrist (and body, too) will be stiff and he / she won't be able to follow the quick tempo or complicated rhythm. Take a relaxed position and the performances will be better. However, the player should hold bachi firmly when you play odaiko. 

Relaxed Position
(Stand in front of the taiko with relaxed position. )

Stiff Wrist
(Body, wrist, arm, shoulder, and knee are stiff. )

Lean Forward Too Much
(Lean forwards too much. )

Straightened Body with Relax
(Straighten player's back with flexible body. )

Lean Backward Too Much
(Lean backwards too much. )


TIPS2: PLACE TO STRIKE

Where on the taiko should you strike? Basically, the center of the taiko head is the best part to strike. Striking the center of the taiko makes a bigger sound. On the other hand, striking far apart from the center, makes a smaller sound (though it may be a slight difference). Taiko player uses this method. If he / she want to make the sound gradually louder, first they strike far apart from the center, then gradually move nearer the center, and finally striking at the center of the taiko. 


TIP3: WRIST SNAP

To make a good sound, only the end of bachi should hit the taiko. As noted above, body and wrist should be flexible to play the taiko. So, the wrist snap is important. 

Edge Part of Bachi Hits Center of Drum-head
(Hit the center of the head. End of bachi hits taiko. )

Majority of Bachi Hits Drum-head
(Other part except for the end shouldn't hit taiko.)

Good Wrist Snap
(Use wrist snap. )

Inflexible Wrist
(Stiff wrist is not good for playing taiko. )

 

Types and Material of Bachi

Find the best bachi for you. See also this article. 

Types and Material of Bachi


Types of Taiko

Let's see what kind of taiko are there.

Types of Taiko

 

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