The three percussion instruments used in the performance of kangen music are the shôkô, taiko, and kakko.The taiko is a large suspended drum of about 55 cm in diameter (22 inches) with heads of oxhide.  It is hit with wood mallets covered with leather or rubber.



Mallets for the taiko

Figure 1


The taiko has two types of stroke: the ‘female stroke’ called mebachi is a soft stroke with the left hand just below the drumhead’s center; the ‘male stroke’ called  obachi is a loud attack of the right hand in the drumhead’s center.


Female stroke: mebachi

Male stroke: obachi



Example 1