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(Sha' koo ha' chee)
The Shakuhachi is a traditional Japanese end-blown bamboo flute. The Shakuhachi's history is steeped in myth and lore of Samurai warriors turned Bhuddist monks. Its secrets were locked in traditional contemplative societies for centuries until the Emperor brought this unique flute instrument into his court, and eventually the general public, in the 19th century. It was used by the monks of the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (blowing meditation).Our Shakuhachi are tuned to traditional minor pentatonic scales, utilizing digital quartz tuners. The Shakuhachi’s rich, unique tonal quality is unlike that of side-blown
bamboo flutes. Though more difficult to play, it is preferred by many because of its haunting tonality and meditative quality.
**Alto D is
size. ***Alto C is next most common size.
with instruments. Additional
instructions below, including CD/book sets.
While traditional Shakuhachi are made of the root stalk of the bamboo plant (see above),
most people are satisfied with our basic design made from the stalk of the plant close
to the root. They come with a full 3 month warranty and complete instructions.
Additional in depth instructions with CD's or audiocassette accompaniment below.
These are especially beneficial for those who wish to learn traditional Japanese notation
and music. Standard Shakuhachi will usually satisfy student/beginner players.
Concert quality are our finest non-root shakuhachi in pitch, tonality, and range, with
close to two register range, or higher. Concert quality implies the flute should meet
or exceed the expectations of a professional player in pitchand range.Fine cloth cases are
available in Accessories section for the best care and protection of your shakuhachi.
**Alto D is traditional size. ***Alto C is next most common size.
Special lined velvet flutebags with tie, for best care and protection of your cedar flute. Commonly in Black, Wine Red, Royal Blue, occasionally Forest Green.
(If you select a color, please add an alternative, not all are in stock at all times.)
Standard cloth cases for cedar flutes, w/ tie.
See images fo these here.
When available, special Chinese silk bags, lined, with tie.
Special lined cloth flutebags, made from tapestry quality cloths, with button down flap and shoulder strap for ease of carrying. Colors will vary consistently.
Each bag will fit two sizes of flute:
16-22" standard width flutes and shakuhachi, including root.
20-27" extra wide flutes, including cedar N. Am. style flutes, or 2 flutes (can be sewn with two pockets for an add'l $10.)
These traditional Japanese musical instruments are made of select maple rather than conventional bamboo, by Zen-on, known for years for their fine acoustics in recorders and other wooden products. The use of wood makes it possible to get the most acoustically ideal bore without being subject to the shape of natural bamboo. These fine shakuhachi have the endorsement of such highly respected players as Katsuya Yokoyama and Hozan Yamamoto.
Shorter length, 5 tone holes, mouthpiece cap included. $350.00
Model 10-K18-5 Key of D, pentatonic
Standard length, 5 tone holes, mouthpiece cap included. $350.00
Model 10-K18-7 Key of D, pentatonic, with additional holes
for half steps in first and fourth increments.
Standard length, 7 tone holes,
mouthpiece cap included. $350.00
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How to Play the
A Guide to the Japanese Bamboo Flute
52 pages, care, how to play, Japanese notations;
(songs written in Japanese notation,) accompanied on CD
Cassette or CD
This is a shakuhachi playing guide designed specifically for beginning students with no access to a teacher. Written in clear language, it covers the fundamentals of producing a sound and learning to play Kinko-ryu honkyoku. The keynote of this edition is "simplicity", which is the essence of Tokuyama-sensei's approach to shakuhachi. His main disciple and editor of this instructional guide, Barry Nyosui Weiss, writes about his teacher: "His tone was simple and pure, a reflection of his true spirit. Since our first lesson, I have been going more inside the music, more inside myself. For the rest of my life, I will practice this simple way."
Chapters include information and advice on the structure and care of shakuhachi, practice, posture, breath, embouchure, how to hold the instrument, finger positions and making your first sound. It provides an explanation of the basic 5-note shakuhachi scale, timing and rhythm before teaching you how to produce each tone in both octaves. Several practice melodies are taught in a step-by-step method.
Once the fundamentals are mastered, Tokuyama teaches the student some of the more nuanced aspects of playing Kinko honkyoku on the shakuhachi. He illustrates the proper head positions for meri and kari notes as well as special fingerings for the highest notes played on the instrument.
A CD, fingering chart and many excellent illustrations are included.
PG-4 Published by Tai Hei
Shakuhachi ISBN: 0-9722878-3
Takahashi Tokuyama has studied with several senior shakuhachi masters, but aligns himself with no particular school. His recordings are entirely from the ancient traditional Japanese shakuhachi masterworks collection, the Koten honkyoku. In Tokyo, sensei Tokuyama leads a school for the study of traditional shakuhachi, the Honkyoku Study Group. Nowadays in Japan there are few people keeping this ancient musical tradition alive.
Weiss began the study of Shakuhachi in 1974 with
Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin, a Dai shi-han (Grand Master) of the Kinko
school in NYC. He received a Jun shi-han certificate and his Shakuhachi
name "Nyosui" from Nyogetsu's teacher, the late Kurahashi
Yodo in Kyoto, Japan in 1980. Nyosui was awarded his Shi-han (or
Master's certificate) in 1981. For the last 14 years, he has been
a principle student of Tokuyama Takashi in Tokyo. His focus has
been to bring Tokuyama's style and music to the west. Nyosui has
taught and performed widely in this country and Japan. For over
20 years, he has shared his teachings of shakuhachi with the Zen
Mountain Monastery located in Mt. Tremper, NY.
Book and CD $50.00
A Video Lesson in English (Vol. 1)
Bruce Huebner, KINKO SHAKUHACHI FOR
BEGINNERS: A Video Lesson in English (Vol. 1) V-4 DVD $35.00
Includes performance and notation examples with exercises and pointers on tone production, the traditional notation system, and basic Kinko ornamentation.
Here is the first of a long-awaited series of video playing guides for shakuhachi in English. Beginning and intermediate students of the shakuhachi will all find this edition useful and informative.
Kinko Shakuhachi is distinguished by the use of ornamentation, particularly the atari breath-finger attack, and by the variety of tone colors, most notably the meri techniques and alternate fingerings, available to the player.
After a brief introduction to various performance settings for Kinko shakuhachi, this video guide gradually introduces the notation system, techniques and fingerings using pieces drawn from the traditional Kinko honkyoku repertoire..
The musical compositions presented include Yuyake Koyake, Sakura, Kojo no Tsuki, and Kimigayo, amongst others. Particular attention is paid to the atari attack which is used on nearly every note in the performance examples. Huebner carefully demonstrates, discusses and takes the student through each melody with close-ups of actual performance and the traditional Kinko notation. 41 minutes. V-4
in DVD format. Lessons 2 and 3 available on request.
Bruce Huebner is the first non-Japanese to graduate from the Japanese Music Department of the Tokyo University of Fine Arts & Music. He studied shakuhachi with Jensuke Kawase and earned his master teaching degree from Chikuyusha in 1995. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Fukushima College for Women in Japan.
The Japanese Shakuhachi Flute
those folks who are into doing it
themselves, here is a craft manual dealing with the
construction of the shakuhachi. It explains how to make your own flute with clear and
simple instructions. This manual covers all aspects of the craft: selecting bamboo, where
to find it, working the bore of the flute and how to tune the shakuhachi. It provides
information on fashioning the blowing edge and inserting the utaguchi, lacquering
the bore, binding and repair. There are several diagrams and a source listing for Japanese
and other tools.
Sunreed is offering shakuhachi as well as transverse flutes from aromatic western cedar. These high quality instruments will be difficult to find anywhere else. Ask for more details if interested.
C or D minor pentatonic
(standard shakuhachi tuning): $190.00
or C or D major: $255.00
D is standard size for shakuhachi. Concert quality.
available in keys of
C or D major, pro quality: $195.00
Intermediate quality (when available): $105.00
flutebags in accessories for cloth cases to best protect your
A Selection of fine contemporary and traditional Shakuhachi music on CD
Additional titles often in stock.
Chikuzen Shakuhachi Series
S-T7a. AJIKAN - Vol. 1 CD
Shakuhachi honkyoku, sankyoku and two modern pieces.
YOSHINOBU TANIGUCHI is one of the foremost living masters of shakuhachi in Japan today. In addition to having studied under three great pillars of shakuhachi -Aoki Reibo, Yamaguchi Goro and Yokoyama Katsuya - he has also mastered the playing styles and repertoire of many other shakuhachi sects. Mr. Taniguchi is a recipient of the transmission of Koden Honkyoku through Watazumido Shuso and Yokoyama Katsuya. He has received several honors for his work in Japan including acknowledgement as top performer at the Osaka Geijutsu Sai. He was also given the honorary title of Sen Shin Kutsu Dai Shihan at the young age of 32, a title usually reserved for senior ambassadors" of shakuhachi.
S/H $5.00 or $2. with flute order
2 CD set Traditional Japanese Flute for Zen Com
Over 700 years ago in Japan, Zen masters developed honky˘ku, the art of blowing Zen, 0using only the pure tones of the simple shakuhachi bamboo flute for accompaniment. On Shakuhachi Meditation Music, virtuoso Stan Richardson offers 13 authentic bamboo flute selections, each one a soothing contemplation meant to still the mind and awaken attention. Richardson, a former member of Japan's respected Ki-Sui-An Shakuhachi D˘j˘ ensemble, plays these rare works in the traditional Zen style, just as they were played for centuries by wandering monks. Selections range from spare, haunting contemplations to complex tone poems. Excellent for meditation, yoga, exercise, and bodywork. 2 CD set
S/H $6.00 or $2. with flute order
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