WHY TAIKO AT YTS?
Perhaps you are wondering,
"Why do people play Taiko?"
"Why at Yamato Taiko School?"
Drawing from our own experiences and the feedback we received from our school members, we have listed below a few reasons why people come to play Taiko at Yamato Taiko School.
We hope you can catch some secret ideas of Taiko drumming!
1. TAIKO IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
When playing Taiko, you use your entire body.
We jump, shout, sing, and of course, hit Taiko as passionately as possible!
You feel energized after a Taiko class, no matter what has happened during the day.
As Taiko drumming provides a full-body workout, you will find that you'll be bathed in sweat by the end of class. Sometimes it feels like running a marathon, or even winning a boxing match!
You can make your training as intensive as you like. You'll learn how "not to give up" when you reach your limit, instead pushing it, increasing your stamina, and strengthening your soul.
2. THE HEARTBEAT-EFFECT OF TAIKO
The Japanese Taiko drum is known to produce a sound with a similar frequency as the heartbeat a baby hears in a mother's womb: while an average person can hear all sound frequencies from approximately 20 to 20,000 hertz, the frequency of the mother's heartbeat in a womb falls below 20 hertz.
Research has shown that such low frequencies increase Alpha brain waves, which in turn lead to more energy and creativity, and reduce or even prevent the production of stress hormones in the brain.
As a result, Taiko drumming helps you relieve stress, anxiety, and depression; and allows you to find a creative and intuitive solution to that one problem you'd been struggling with at work. It is no wonder that the Japanese drums are used widely in music therapy and mental healing practices.
3. MASTER RHYTHMS WITH COOL BEATS
Taiko is one of the easiest instruments in the world!
You grab the Bachi (drum sticks) and swing it to the Taiko.
You are already (almost already) a great Taiko drummer :)
At YTS, you improve your rhythm by learning the songs of YAMATO - the Drummers of Japan.
Our focus is not to learn complicated techniques or rhythms, but to learn “how to make one sound together”.
We don't use a metronome or need a conductor. You feel the air around you; this is how we can make one sound together.
You already have the rhythms in your body; just listen to your heartbeat, and express it with all of your passion!
4. SAY "GOODBYE" TO ALL YOUR STRESS
We know everybody works very hard everyday.
Having communications with your colleagues, boss, family or even your best mates is not always easy.
At YTS, you are more than welcome to shout and hit!
Hitting Taiko creates a moment of explosively releasing your stress.
After class, we often hear from the members “I don’t know why, but I feel much better than before I came to the class..”
The energy you get back from the drums naturally improves your mood, and you are bound to leave class feeling happy and refreshed.
5. MENTAL MANAGEMENT & PRESENTATION SKILLS
In class you will learn how to present yourself.
We learn how to stand with confidence, how to produce a strong and attractive voice, and how to be accepted by others.
YAMATO - the Drummers of Japan is also famous for making humor on stage. They are not just percussionists, they are internationally recognized as highly skilled performing artists.
By drumming together with the teachers and other members, you train your mental abilities, allowing you to perform consistently in your daily life, even when under pressure or on demand.
6. NEW SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES
YTS members come from many different backgrounds: we are honored to welcome people from many different countries and many different age groups!
YTS members enjoy meeting new people and making new friends. We are always happy to see everyone interact and learn about and from each other.
In addition to the weekly classes in different locations, we get together with all members several times a year for YTS school performances or simply to get to know each other in a comfortable setting while enjoying home-made food and drinks.