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Another good find Tootie !



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Just saw where Bainn found "Shakuhachi : Japanese Bamboo Flute" by Masayuki Koga on ebay and You (Barry) said it was perhaps the best introductory book.

Are these books written in English?


Hola amigo !

I got lucky with my copy - Undamaged 2nd hand copy at a fraction of the cost of a new copy, seen some interesting prices for this manual.

Yes, it is written in English, good guide in my humble opinion.



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Hola amigo !

I got lucky with my copy - Undamaged 2nd hand copy at a fraction of the cost of a new copy, seen some interesting prices for this manual.

Yes, it is written in English, good guide in my humble opinion.


Thanks for the info! biggrin.gif


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Just saw where Bainn found "Shakuhachi : Japanese Bamboo Flute" by Masayuki Koga on ebay and You (Barry) said it was perhaps the best introductory book.

Are these books written in English?

Blasdel's book is very good, but if you're only going to have one book, I strongly encourage you to get Koga's book in the spiral/ring/comb bound format because it will easily sit on a music stand and it also comes with a CD of Koga playing all the songs. Yes, it's in English. It features highly legible kinko notation for the songs. But you need to specifically search for the spiral bound edition on Amazon or eBay - it's well worth the extra money over the regular bound edition.

Also, please have a look at my Web site for beginner tips. The two main focuses of the site are learning techniques as a beginner and zen Shakuhachi. I'm continually adding links to new Shakuhachi info I find on the internet.

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FWIW, I also recommend eventually picking up Annals of the International Shakuhachi Society Volume 1 and Volume 2. They're amazing reference books. Volume 1 includes An Introductory Manual For Kinko-Ryu Honkyoku by Robert Grous.

Tokuyama's book might be worth getting. I'm very curious - please report back if you pick it up.

I don't have Schlefer's book so cannot comment on it. I assume it's practice exercises and I find it pretty easy to naturally come up with my own practice exercises. But it could also be very good and helpful, I just don't know.

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Blasdel's book is very good, but if you're only going to have one book, I strongly encourage you to get Koga's book in the spiral/ring/comb bound format because it will easily sit on a music stand and it also comes with a CD of Koga playing all the songs. Yes, it's in English. It features highly legible kinko notation for the songs. But you need to specifically search for the spiral bound edition on Amazon or eBay - it's well worth the extra money over the regular bound edition.


OK, I will look for the Koga book. Monty has it on his website and does the Yuu website (too much for shipping there). If I can't get it used, I will go through Monty and get it. I'll also probably get the Tokuyama book, too. Now, to decide which to get first.

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Also, please have a look at my Web site for beginner tips. The two main focuses of the site are learning techniques as a beginner and zen Shakuhachi. I'm continually adding links to new Shakuhachi info I find on the internet.


Wow!! Great info on your website! I've only read the first two headings (discussion forums and Shakuhachi list reprints) so far. That materials discussion was VERY interesting. Geoffrey should read that! The one guy says we aren't playing bamboo, we are playing AIR! Interesting! http://shakuhachi.wikidot.com/material

Heading back to read the First Efforts and Practice Tips now.

Thank you so much! smile.gif


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So, I found the Koga book but without the CD. SO, I e-mailed Koga about getting a CD and he e-mailed me back!! I am sending a check for $13 to him and he is sending me the CD!

OK, I have to admit: I was a little star struck getting an e-mail from him! And I am NOT usually star struck by "famous" people. I get more star struck by folks I know personally who are people of integrity and character that I admire. But I got a little star struck this time. I mean - Koga - the expert shakuhachi player! Wowee! biggrin.gif


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So, I found the Koga book but without the CD. SO, I e-mailed Koga about getting a CD and he e-mailed me back!! I am sending a check for $13 to him and he is sending me the CD!

OK, I have to admit: I was a little star struck getting an e-mail from him! And I am NOT usually star struck by "famous" people. I get more star struck by folks I know personally who are people of integrity and character that I admire. But I got a little star struck this time. I mean - Koga - the expert shakuhachi player! Wowee! biggrin.gif


Excellent smile.gif



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Great sets of scores.
Books can help get one started.
Beside a good teacher I recommend clipping a tuner to your music stand.
You can get a descent tuner for $12 and getting the shakuhachi in tune requires a good bit of skill.
Once you are there, you could change to other temperaments or styles which do not match western equal temperament, but start with 12 EDO (equal distant notes per octave) and a tuner.


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QUOTE(Sunbow @ Apr 29 2017, 09:33 PM) *
Great sets of scores.
Books can help get one started.
Beside a good teacher I recommend clipping a tuner to your music stand.
You can get a descent tuner for $12 and getting the shakuhachi in tune requires a good bit of skill.
Once you are there, you could change to other temperaments or styles which do not match western equal temperament, but start with 12 EDO (equal distant notes per octave) and a tuner.


Thanks for the info. I have a tuner and have gone from playing C# to D! Yay me!!

However, I've been neglecting my shak for awhile. Work has me barely able to function by the time I get home. I need to just play it anyway. It might help with all the stress and sleep disturbances.


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