This page has the mp3’s for the folk songs in my book Your Shakuhachi Journey. The rest of the page contains music for my students who are taking lessons with me over video chat. Contact me and I will be happy to arrange a complementary lesson for you. You can also visit the lessons page to find out more about shakuhachi lesson with me.
Japanese Folk Songs
- Folk songs — The songs from my book Your Shakuhachi Journey with mp3’s of me playing them
The core schools of honkyoku that I teach
This is the first school that I teach after the folks songs have been covered. It contains the most austere Honkyoku I teach and provides a clean base which allows one to focus on the fundamentals. These Honkyoku are from the former Fudai-ji (西園流 譜代寺). The school was founded by Kanetomo Seien I (1819-1895) in Hamamatsu city (currently located in Nagoya city), Chibu region. To read more visit the Seien Ryu page.
This is the second school that I teach which essentially takes the place of Sankyoku in my repertoire. This music is played with a set rhythm and contains many unique things not found elsewhere. From the original Myoan-ji or “Old Myoan Temple” (before Higuchi Taizan’s Myoan-ji). From Kyoto city, Kansai region. To read more visit the Kyu Myoan page.
The third style that I teach, Kinpu Ryu introduces some of the most difficult and beautiful passages in Honkyoku due to the rapid use of difficult meri notes as well as a unique pulsing of the breath called Komi-buki. Kimpu Ryu or Nezasa ha was founded by Nyui Getsuei (1833 – 1898) in Tsugaru city, Tohoku region.
The final and most difficult styles that I teach. The pieces from these two regions are the most dynamic and demanding. From the temples of Fudai-ken (aka Futai-ken), Kinjo-ji, and Echigo Myoan-ji in the former Oshu and Echigo areas in the North, Tohoku and Joetsu regions.
Styles I teach select pieces from
- Taizan ha/Ryu “Myoan” – Higuchi Taizan (1856-1914), Kyoto
- Jin Nyodo kei – Jin Nyodo (1891 – 1966), Tokyo
- Dokyoku/Chikushinkai – Watazumi (1911-1992) and Yokoyama Katsuya (1934-2010), Tokyo
- Kyushu-kei (Itcho-ken) – honkyoku from the southern island of Kyushu. Unfortunately it is very hard to tell how this style was played before Taizan’s school took over the region