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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.

Root Shakuhachi: closeup
Root Shakuhachi
Root Shakuhachi
This Japanese end-blown bamboo flute, the shakuhachi, is traditionally made from the root stalk of the bamboo plant, giving the flute a slightly richer, sweeter tone, and an aesthetic quality unmatched by any other flute.  (Feng shui practitioners will say the  root also holds more "chi".)  Our roots are traditional high quality madake, cured for years before beginning the more difficult process of creating these beautiful instruments.

 Tuned to high specifications, in traditional minor pentatonic scales, unless otherwise requested, utilizing digital quartz tuners.   Concert quality with close to two, or more, registers of range.  Our flutemaker, though a master flutemaker, does not utilize a specific style of the Japanese Schools of Shakuhachi in his design.

All flutes have a natural umaguchi (mouthpiece), and are lacquered on the outside,and rubbed with oil on the inside.  Each instrument comes with full warranty and complete instructions.  Most flutes have in line fingering.  Please advise if you have a preference.  Larger flutes (C and above, may have offset fingering for ease of play.)

Less expensive roots & student model root shakuhachi may occasionally be available.
Non-root models are listed further below.

A   14"
$ 280.00
G, F   16-18"
$ 320.00
E   19"
$ 330.00
$ 400.00
D**  20" $ 380.00
Db    21"
$ 420.00
C***   23"
$ 450.00
Bb  28"
$ 490.00
A    30"
$ 520.00

**Alto D is traditional size.  ***Alto C is next most common size.
  Not all sizes are always in stock. Ask for availability.
Major keys available for an additional $80.00.  7th hole, for major scale, add $80.00.
Other scales considered, larger shakuhachi considered on commission.

Basic Instructions included with instruments.  Additional instructions below, including CD/book sets.
See flutebags below and in accessories for cloth cases to best protect your instruments.
Utaguchi (mouthpiece) covers available for $8.00.
Bindings are available here.

Ask for other considerations.
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    Standard Model Non-Root Shakuhachi
    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.

    Approx. Length
    $ 60.00
       N/A    $10.00    $11.00
       N/A    $12.00
       N/A    $12.00
       N/A    $12.00
    $ 60.00
       $100.00    $12.00
       $100.00    $12.00
       $100.00    $14.00
       $115.00    $16.00
       $115.00    $16.00
       $115.00    $16.00
     $145.00    $16.00
     $190.00    $20.00    $14.00
     $210.00    $20.00 "
     $240.00    $20.00 "
     $270.00    $20.00 "
    By Special Order
    $ 190.00
     $280.00    $20.00 $15.00
    $320.00    $20.00 "

    **Alto D is traditional size.  ***Alto C is next most common size.

  • Not all sizes always in stock. Ask for availability.
  • Larger shakuhachi considered on commission.
  • Major keys available for an additional $18.00 student, $36.00 concert quality.
  • Other scales considered.
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    Special E Root Shakuhachi
    Made from old well cured bamboo

    left shakuhachi: Sweet voice, intermediate quality,  E $120  sold
    right shakuhachi: 
    Concert quality, nice range, nice response,  E great voice $275

    We have root seconds in us for availability

    Flute bags

    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.)



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    Wooden Shakuhachi

    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.

         Model  10-K16-5
      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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    Books:  Quality instruction and other materials on the Shakuhachi

    How to Play the Shakuhachi
    A Guide to the Japanese Bamboo Flute
    Yoshinobu Taniguchi
    52 pages, care, how to play, Japanese notations;
    traditional songs,
    (songs written in Japanese notation,) accompanied on CD

    Blowing Zen
    One Breath, One Mind
    by Carl Abbott
    Same as above, approx 80 pages, with accompanying cassette;
    also, history of, as well as thorough instruction on how to make shakuhachi

    $35. w/ Cassette or CD

    Both above titles teach traditional Japanese notation, not standard western notation.  Western notational score, and additional Instructional titles, musical score/CD's may be available or in stock. Feel free to ask.
    Blowing Zen II Music Book:  $24.
    Blowing West Music Book:  $24.

    Take-No-Michi Book and 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.

    65 pages. 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.

    Barry Nyosui 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

    Bruce Huebner

    Kinko Shakuhachi

    A Video Lesson in English (Vol. 1)


    Available in

    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

    Available 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.

    Monty Levenson's
    The Japanese Shakuhachi Flute

    For 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.

    22 pages.


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    Cedar Shakuhachi and Flutes

    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.

    Shakuhachi available in
           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.

    Transverse cedar flutes available in keys of
          C or D major, pro quality:  $195.00
           Intermediate quality (when available):  $105.00

    See flutebags in accessories for cloth cases to best protect your instruments.



    Bindings are traditional on many shakuhachi.  They are added to assist in diminishing the likelihood of cracking in bamboo.  While any bamboo is subject to the possibility of cracking over time, especially in dry climates, we find that when bamboo is properly cured, finished, and cared for, binding becomes more of an aesthetic than necessary enhancement to the flute.  Also, we find, over time, the bindings are likely to come loose, from general expansion and contraction of the flute.  We therefore, recommend, if you wish bindings, you learn the knot, called "whipping", in order to maintain the bindings.  Instructions on tieing this simple knot are available in most any sailing, boy/girl scout, fishing, or flutemaking manuals.
    We will bind your flute upon request, for $30. for flutes up to alto C, 4-6 bindings, as we feel aesthetically balanced to that piece of bamboo; and 7-10 times for $60.  Again, we will find the balance of the number of the bindings we feel aesthetic to that particular flute.  You may see images of each style above.   Ask for pricing on larger sizes.
    * MUSIC *
    A Selection of fine contemporary and traditional Shakuhachi music on CD
    Additional titles often in stock.
    Shakuhachi Meditation Music CD
    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
    Shakuhachi Meditation Music
    Stan Richardson
    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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