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» New To Shak, What to buy for first flute

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Larry, one thing that I read is that with the shakuhachi, it is best to get one and stick with it (instead of getting several and playing on all of them). As a beginner, we have to perfect our embouchre and sticking with one shak at first is best. (That is not true of NAFs. They have a different type of mouthpiece - as you know).


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Well the deal is sealed. Met with John this morning. And decided on his new flute.
Black Bamboo he harvested himself grown in AZ. It’s the root end so it has a bit of heft and and looks beautiful.
More important it plays well, it both octaves. I could of picked up an older Monty Levenson Flute for the same price. He assures me it’s perfectly tuned to an ancient scale. He will take it back if not satisfied.
So my new journey begins. Thanks all. John was self taught and told me he would help if I need it.
He told me the journey on a Shakuhachi is a personal one. Each person plays different. Gave me advice about
staying and playing and sustaining notes for some time. He stressed it’s a personal journey. And if I really wanted to learn I would. Assures me it’s Professional grade flute and will take me on my journey.
Thanks all for your help
Larry

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Well the deal is sealed. Met with John this morning. And decided on his new flute.
Black Bamboo he harvested himself grown in AZ. Itís the root end so it has a bit of heft and and looks beautiful.
More important it plays well, it both octaves. I could of picked up an older Monty Levenson Flute for the same price. He assures me itís perfectly tuned to an ancient scale. He will take it back if not satisfied.
So my new journey begins. Thanks all. John was self taught and told me he would help if I need it.
He told me the journey on a Shakuhachi is a personal one. Each person plays different. Gave me advice about
staying and playing and sustaining notes for some time. He stressed itís a personal journey. And if I really wanted to learn I would. Assures me itís Professional grade flute and will take me on my journey.
Thanks all for your help
Larry


That's great news, Larry! It is a very personal instrument.

Enjoy the journey! Keep us posted!


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That's great news, Larry! It is a very personal instrument.

Enjoy the journey! Keep us posted!

Making sounds and every now and than can get a riff in. It reminds me of mediation
the embrochure must be right in. And that comes with practice. Stillness and
goes places inside of me that I can only observe in meditation. Real sweet instrument
and the maker made it all by hand with simple tools. He even harvested the bamboo
himself. So this is really a handmade instrument.And I am very happy.



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Enjoy the journey. Most shakuhachi players are devotees to the instrument, and they spend literally years, and years, learning all of the nuances of that instrument. I could not do that, myself, but have respect for those who do.


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Making sounds and every now and than can get a riff in. It reminds me of mediation
the embrochure must be right in. And that comes with practice. Stillness and
goes places inside of me that I can only observe in meditation. Real sweet instrument
and the maker made it all by hand with simple tools. He even harvested the bamboo
himself. So this is really a handmade instrument.And I am very happy.


Ah, that's great!

I found that my shak won't give me any sound at all if I am tense or my mind is elsewhere. It's a really good teacher! smile.gif


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Same here. I'll try other shakuhachi I have to see if that makes a difference, and sometimes it does, more times than not, it doesn't make a big difference, so I just move on to other flutes I have, or other instruments. Sometimes, my mouth (embouchere) is nowhere to be found. LOL! laugh.gif If I am too tense or distracted I can't focus on any of my instruments - then I realize it is time for a break and to try to relax and refocus and save the playing for another day.

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Ah, that's great!

I found that my shak won't give me any sound at all if I am tense or my mind is elsewhere. It's a really good teacher! smile.gif



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Ah, that's great!

I found that my shak won't give me any sound at all if I am tense or my mind is elsewhere. It's a really good teacher! smile.gif

It’s a teacher for sure. Patience, stillness, quiet and still mind. Perseverance. Vigilante mind,attentive,
subtle breath. Many things to practice.

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