The theme of tonight's Life Moments Crop was "Learning New Skills" - any skill, current or past or future.
I, of course, scrapped about the taiko class I am currently taking...and LOVING! I don't have any photos of myself playing on a taiko - nobody has cameras or phones out during class. So I borrowed a couple photos from the groups' Facebook page, so I could at least show the instrument that I am learning. Also, the text path cutout is actually the notation of the first two songs we learned in class
At the Japanese Festival, the St. Louis Osuwa Taiko group announced they were offering a fall Beginners’ Class. I was intrigued and curious. Could I actually learn to play this magnificent instrument? After much internal mental debating, I signed up for the class. My cousin Ann signed up for the class as well, so at least I wouldn’t be alone! I was extremely nervous heading into the first lesson; I have never played drums or percussion instruments before. But once I hit the taiko for the first time, I was hooked. I loved the powerful “DON” coming from the drum. What a rush! I can do this! No, it isn’t easy. It’s a whole different language and notation from the piano I am familiar with. And it’s very physical; my body aches after each class. But I love it!! As the weeks progress, my knowledge of taiko technique increases, and my confidence grows. All day, every day, I have taiko songs running through my head. A new passion has been born. I am so glad I didn’t talk myself out of this experience!
Fonts: Scrap Casual, Scrap Daddy, Convoy
Photos: courtesy of the St. Louis Osuwa Taiko's Facebook page