Japanese Shakuhachi & Koto DVDs
   


Bruce Huebner, Kinko Shakuhachi For Beginner Vol 1 DVD 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 DVD187   $43.00  


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Kinko Shakuhachi & Jiuta Ensemble - Bruce Huebner with, Rikako Takemura, Vol 2 DVD How to play the traditional Sankyoku ensemble with koto and shamisen. With guest Takemura Rikako on koto and sangen.

Jiuta is a form of music has been central to the history and development of the Kinko Shakuhachi. This video provides an introduction to the sankyoku genre in which shakuhachi is played in ensemble with koto, shamisen and other stringed instruments.

Graphs and notation examples are combined with performance examples, both for shakuhachi in ensemble and alone as well as sangen alone to give an over view of form, ornamentation, style and ensemble etiquette.

Special guest Jiuta-Sokyoku performer Takemura Rikako gives live demonstrations and concise lessons on ensemble technique.

After a brief demonstration-compendium of shakuhachi ornamentation and form, this teaching video draws from representative pieces (Classics Mama no Kawa, Sue no Chigiri, Kaji Makura, Keshi no hana and Kurokami) to introduce formal sections, (the maebiki, jyo-makura, tegoto, kake-ai, uchichigai and chirashi, among others) found in the sankyoku. Takemura-Sensei provides pointers along the way finishing with a demonstration of sangen(shamisen) tunings and their relationship to the shakuhachi. DVD188   $43.00  


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Kinko Shakuhachi Honkyoku - Bruce Huebner with Gunnar Jinmei Linder Vol 3 DVD Includes performance and notation examples with pointers on the solo Honkyoku classics "Hifumi, Hachigaeshi" and "Akita Sugagaki". With guest Gunnar Linder.

Using the classic standard honkyoku Hi Fu Mi Hachigaeshi, the first piece taught in the Kinko repertoire, this video lesson teaches how to read and interpret the Kinko notation system. With easy to follow demonstrations, notations examples and graphs, it explains the rules of the rhythmic system, ornamentation, symbols and phrasing. v After Hi Fu Mi Hachigashi, representative phrases from Akita Sugagaki are covered. DVD189   $43.00  


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Jazz Shakuhachi with Bruce Huebner & Jonathan Katz DVD Shakuhachi blues Shakuhachi montuno Mura-iki on a samba The Okinawa scale over modern jazz chords Funk shakuhachi Yes, that and more, as Jonathan and I combined the shakuhachi (that mysterious and infamously difficult Japanese bamboo flute) and piano (that most "Western" music making machine) to create an engaging new musical fusion.

Jazz Shakuhachi is based on over six years of recording and performing that has yielded a body of composition and improvisation tailored to these two wildly disparate instruments. It features:
• Live stage clips filmed at STB 139, a club located in the Rippongi district of Tokyo, Japan. • Engaging discussion of strategies for blowing, writing and interpreting across the cultural divide. • Easy to understand examples from original tunes and folk songs. • Clear on-screen notation of scales and chord names. • Short improvisation exercises for play along or keyboard study.

Jazz Shakuhachi includes:
• Pedagogically-arranged chapter headings and menus. • Screen notation, chord names. • Overhead keyboard shots. • Optional Japanese subtitles. • A printed glossary and sheet music. • Screen glossary. • Live concert clips.

Jazz Shakuhachi could be for you if you are:
• A traditional shakuhachi veteran looking for ideas for a new musical outlet. • A western-trained musician, but shakuhachi beginner, hoping to exploit your chops in a new and creative way. • A composer or back-up player looking for hints on bringing out the best of this traditional instrument. • An educator introducing new trends in non-western music, aesthetic issues in modern fusion music or Japanese studies.

Jazz Shakuhachi presents key issues in a fast and interesting pace while attempting to answer the following questions:
• How can I begin enjoying improvising with only a rudimentary knowledge of the shakuhachi or with little or no jazz background? • How can I harmonize chords played on the piano with the open tones of the shakuhachi? • How is the shakuhachi uniquely built for the blues? • How are Japanese folk melodies ideal for Latin jazz? • How can I build a jazz solo or play over fast chord progressions on a 5-hole bamboo flute? • How can traditional scales apply to modern jazz chords?

Jazz Shakuhachi includes performances of the following original tunes and arrangements:
• Zen In • Ro, Tsu, Re, Chi, Ri Blues • Mogamigawa (Mogami River Boat Song) • Amado River • The Number You Have Reached • Bright One • Like the Wind

Jazz Shakuhachi video comes with a 20-page booklet that includes an Introduction, Glossary and Sheet Music of all the pieces performed.V-20 Dual Language - English with Optional Japanese Subtitles DVD190   $43.00  

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You Can Play Koto with Reiko Obata This comprehensive instructional 34-min DVD video taught by Reiko Obata will teach you how to begin making music on your koto immediately. Comes with basic sheet music instruction for two Japanese songs, "Sakura" and "Kazoe Uta."

Includes:
•How to care for your koto
• Parts of the koto
• How to make & wear your picks
•Proper playing positions How to tune your koto
•Basic koto techniques
•How to play 2 songs: Kazoe Uta & Sakura DVD191   $43.00  

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