Symbols of Taiko

Below is a reference of various symbols, syllables, and notations used in writing, teaching, and playing Taiko music

SymbolMeaning
to show that tone is continuing
「  」to repeat from 「 to 」

to repeat the previous beats
スゥ (sue)rest 1/4 note (no hit)
ンガ (nga)rest 1/4, rest 1/8 notes (no hit)
スッ (suttu)rest 1/8 notes (no hit)
ス (su)rest 1/16 notes (no hit)
地打ちjiuchi
―ン(~~n)stretch note
太文字 (futomoji)bold, accent, hit hard
ツク (tsuku)tsukebachi (just touch bachi to the surface of Taiko)
クケコ(kukeko)
ルレロ
(rurero)
hit with left hand
 (remember always hit with left with these letters)
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