About Tamashii's Drums & Instruments
Tamashii performs using a number of different types of drums, as well as flute, chappa, and other specialized instruments.
- The smallest of our drums, the shime is used to keep rhythm,
and has a higher-pitched sound something like a snare drum.
- These drums are roughly the size of a wine-barrel, and are the main drums we perform with.
Depending on the song, these drums may sit upright, or at an angle,
or horizontal with the floor.
- O-daiko (click for photos)
- Our largest drum, Tamashii's O-daiko has a head diameter of 1.2 metres,
and stands at 2.4 metres off the ground. Because it is large and heavy,
it is difficult to move and only used for special performances.
- Oke-do (click for photos)
- Mid-sized lightweight drums that can be played while carried.
These drums are often used for parade and festival songs.
"Oke" literally means bucket, so this drum name translates as bucket-body.
- Fue / Shinobue
- Japanese bamboo flute.
- Small cymbals.
- Tettsu Zutsu
- Japanese bell. This is a very loud and high-pitched instrument that is only used when all of the drums are playing.
- Japanese guitar or banjo.
How Our Drums are Made
All of Tamashii's drums--including the O-Daiko--are hand-made by the team's equipment maven, Brian Grove.
If you're interested in learning how the drums are made, please contact us and we'll connect you with Brian to learn more.