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 which was the music of the komuso monks. I also handcraft shakuhachi for sale which I make specifically for the playing of these honkyoku. Additionally, you will find a wealth of quality information in my guides section.
As for lessons, 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 also read reviews of my shakuhachi to hear what people are saying about my work. You can also find my full bio here.
My free video, “How to play shakuhachi”
In this free instructional video I demonstrate the basics of how to play shakuhachi. I describe how to properly hold the shakuhachi, posture, and how to make a sound. Please visit my shakuhachi guides for many more free videos and articles.