One shakuhachi, one breath, one sound
Welcome, I’m a shakuhachi teacher and professional crafts-person of natural bamboo jinashi shakuhachi. I teach in a clear open way, endeavoring to make the shakuhachi more accessible and down-to-earth. For example, I created the Bell shakuhachi to provide everyone with an affordable, high quality instrument and my book, Your Shakuhachi Journey was written to help people overcome the initial hurdles of making their first sounds. My daily focus is on teaching my students, many of whom are from around the world and take their lessons over video chat.
People often seek my guidance on how to use the shakuhachi for meditation, for the Zen art of honkyoku, for making their own music, or all three. I’ve helped students from all walks of life and age groups. Personally, I’ve been exclusively focused on the shakuhachi and learning honkyoku since the age of nineteen, and I began meditation practices a bit earlier than that (you can read my bio here). I consider it a privilege and joy to share what I’ve learned with others and help the community grow.
Want to take a free lesson? I invite you to try a live, one-on-one lesson with me – firstname.lastname@example.org
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My YouTube video on how to play
In the above video I attempt to teach some of the very basics of how to play. Of course, more in-depth instruction is possible in live lessons.
You can also find a wealth of information in the guides section. I’ve written in-depth guides on some of the most requested topics. For example, I answer questions like, “What are the differences between jinashi and jiari shakuhachi?“, and many more. Lastly, I hope to continue to create many more free instructional videos. For instance, my latest series is on how to make a shakuhachi, from harvesting bamboo and eventually every stage of flute making.