• Has anyone ever wanted to play Taiko drums? The group I play with, KyoDaiko, is holding beginner lessons at the West Philly Settlement Music School:

    Monday nights at 6:30pm from Sep 24 through Oct 22
    Taiko Fundamentals 1: Nagado. Learn fundamental techniques to playing the Nagado (barrel shaped drum.) Students will learn basic etiquette, stance, how to play the drum, and a short practice piece.

    It's loud and super fun! Here's a video of our practice session: http://youtu.be/6tSfH0aTcYY

    Please check out http://www.kyodaiko.com and http://www.smsmusic.org/programs/adults-classes.php , and let me know if you're interested.

    Thanks!
    Rodel
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    Just bumping because classes start tonight. Call SMS directly at (215) 320-2640 if you're interested, or just show up and deal with the registration later -- we won't refuse newcomers :-)
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    Actually, I know somewhere who's a part of that taiko group. At least, I think I do.
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    Hey Rodel!

    I am super interested in this! But I'm working today til 8pm so there's no way I can make class tonight. I could go starting next week though. Are classes always on Tuesdays?

    Cheers!
    Julie
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    Oops! Just saw it's actually Monday nights. So do you think I could start next week?
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    Hey Julie,

    Yes, definitely! The first class was last night, and it's typically a review and more practice of the basics next so you should be able to catch up. The teacher's really nice and very good, and she'll work with you to get up to speed. I'll tell her that you're planning to go next Monday. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Rodel
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    One more bump (for the year).

    The last of the beginner Taiko classes for this year will start again TONIGHT, Monday 11/5, at 6:30-7:30pm (sorry for the late notice). It's $85, goes for 5 Mondays, and there is a stop for the 40 bus in front of the school.

    Hope to see more cool couchsurfers playing taiko :)

    Rodel
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    I'll go tonight... I'll text you for the address to the school
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    Awesome, Vinay!

    Here's the address for anyone else who needs it:

    Settlement Music School (West Philadelphia Branch)
    4910 Wynnefield Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
    (215) 320-2640

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