Shakuhachi teacher and maker Jon Kypros

Welcome to my website. I teach traditional shakuhachi lessons to students all over the world using video chat. I invite you to enjoy a free introductory lesson with me, either in person or over the internet using Skype or Google Hangouts. Contact me and I’ll set it up. I teach distinct regional styles of old, Edo period  honkyoku, the music of the komuso monks. I also handcraft and offer my shakuhachi for sale which I make specifically for the playing of honkyoku. Additionally, you will find a wealth of quality information in my book, Your Shakuhachi Journey and in the guides section.

My free youtube video, “How to play the shakuhachi”

In this free instructional video I demonstrate the fundamentals of playing the shakuhachi.

I regularly help people to make their first sounds and improve. People often feel that they are not good enough to benefit from lessons but after the first one they are happy and surprised at the progress I help them to make. Taking lessons from the very beginning is the most important and rewarding. It’s essential to receive instruction on the fundamentals because this instrument is unlike any other. With lessons I can insure correct and rewarding development which will save you a lot of time and frustration, enabling you to progress with confidence. I welcome you to contact me for help with any of your questions.

As for my flute making, I handcraft each of my shakuhachi from Japanese madake bamboo which I harvest or personally select. I make natural, organic shakuhachi called jinashi which are the original type of instruments used by the komuso monks of the Edo period. Ultimately, I seek to celebrate bamboo by making flutes that honor the spirit that was imparted to them by nature. Each piece of bamboo is a wonderful puzzle to be solved and every instrument is irreplaceable. You can read reviews of my shakuhachi to hear what people are saying about my work and my full bio can be found here.

Thank you for visiting and I look forward to hearing from you!