shakuhachi Japanese bamboo flute

shakuhachiWelcome to my website. I teach people from around the world how to play the shakuhachi and its beautiful traditional music. I offer shakuhachi lessons to students worldwide using Skype video chat. I invite you to try a complimentary lesson with me. Contact me and I will be happy to arrange it.

I specialize in the unique regional styles of honkyoku music which were mostly composed by the komuso monks during the Edo period. I also teach post Edo period styles which were created by such masters as Watazumi, Jin Nyodo, and Higuchi Taizan (Myoan). It is my humble task and a great joy to keep this music alive by passing it on to my students—thus continuing the centuries old tradition of the shakuhachi. I invite you to learn these precious forms of shakuhachi music. As my student, you will begin with the Fudaiji honkyoku of the Seien ryu.

In addition to teaching, I provide many free instructional materials such as my YouTube videos and the guides here on my website. My book, Your Shakuhachi Journey has also helped a great number of people with learning this instrument. I hope you enjoy my site and find it informative. You can view my most recent youtube video below…

How to play shakuhachi

I started playing the shakuhachi in my teens and at age twenty I was fortunate enough to be able to move to New York City to study it full-time. After years of intense study in the Jin Nyodo style I ultimately decided that I would rather learn and teach the older honkyoku styles from the Edo period. I was able to begin studying these Edo period styles with Justin Senryu Williams and I now teach them to my students worldwide over Skype.

As for shakuhachi making, I pioneered the use of Japanese Madake bamboo (Phyllostachys Bambusoides) growing in The US which I personally harvested from established groves. I am also the first person to copy a natural bamboo jinashi shakuhachi for the making of plastic replicas. All of these experiences have rooted in me a great respect and love for bamboo and the shakuhachi. It is my humble task and great joy to do my part in helping to keep this wonderful art form alive.