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Hi everyone, it’s Cheryl.
We put down a deposit for an apartment today. That’s exciting. But really what I’m blogging about is Isaku-sensei’s workshop that we had on Sunday.
Evan and I had some massive train misadventures (weekend subways, ugh) so we ran in late from really far away. We saw them doing some technique drills and started learning a song called Kenka Yatai by Yoichi Watanabe, his teacher.
It was quite tiring. I mean, obviously. The piece is similar to Kenny Endo’s Odaiko Kakkeai Kihon Kyoku: drill-type patterns, odaiko duet. I imagine that a lot of basic drill pieces kind of are the same.
I popped some brand new blisters. Four, in fact. New blisters make me feel hardcore until I go home and shower, then they just hurt.
A big part of taking an odaiko workshop was utilizing what I (possibly falsely) understand to be a more Sukeroku-esque odaiko technique. Raised straight extended arm, drop from wrist behind back, strike. I’ve never learned odaiko from anyone other than Kaoru (arm stays mostly one shape, real relaxed and the impetus starts from the lower back). I hit myself in the head with my left arm three times. At the end of the piece, when there were a lot of faster hits I found that I couldn’t comfortably do the new technique. Different muscles at work.
Of course, all of this probably just means I was doing it badly.
It’s a really satisfying piece. You should all check it out.
Thanks for the workshop Isaku-sensei!