Blowing Zen: One Breath, One Mind by Carl Abbott The complete guide for both the aspiring Shakuhachi maker and player. It includes basic information and historical background on the instrument, a discussion of playing techniques and instruction for playing the following pieces: Honkyoku (Solo Music) & Sankyoku (Ensemble Music), Kuro Kami, Sode Koro, Sho Dan, Tsuru No Koe, Kon Go Seki, Hi Fu Mi, Roku Dan, Chi Dori, Minyo (Folk Tunes), Hi No Maru No Hata, Haru No Ko Gawa, Yu Yuke Ko Yake, Himingaeyo, Kazoe Uta, Ko Ju No Tsuyki, Sakura, Haru Ga Kita, Hotaru No Hikari. Comes with a fingering chart and several examples of musical notation which can be heard on a 72-minute instructional CD covering all 17 pieces listed above. This book features the most comprehensive review of Shakuhachi construction techniques available in English, including detailed information and photographs on bore design and fabrication. 93 pages. PG-7. Carl Abbott is founder of the Center for Taoist Thought and Fellowship in Santa Cruz, California.
How to Play the Shakuhachi A Guide to the Japanese Bamboo Flute Yoshinobu Taniguchi Traditional songs,(songs written in Japanese notation,) accompanied on CD. This instructional guide provides clear and concise information covering all aspects of the shakuhachi. It is highly recommended for beginning students of the instrument. Some of the chapters include notes on care of the flute, proper ways to hold the shakuhachi and initial steps in making a sound. Detailed instruction is provided on learning how to read traditional Kinko Ryu notation. A fingering chart is accompanied by extensive notes as well as a complete analysis of meter, duration and modes of performance as they relate to shakuhachi music. Taniguchi provides sheet music for several practice pieces of Japanese and American folk songs and Koten honkyoku which are included on any accompanying compact disk. This edition is highlighted by its many excellent hand drawings and calligraphy which complement the text. 53 pages
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. Volume One: Includes performance and notation examples with exercises and pointers on tone production, the traditional notation system, and basic Kinko ornamentation. (41 minutes.)
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.