Shakuhachi Music, Notes, and More
The Shakuhachi is an Japanese end-blown bamboo flute. It is tuned
to the pentatonic minor scale, but is capable of producing
virtually any pitch in a roughly 3 octave range. It is a Zen
medatative instrument, but can also be used for traditional
Japanese ensemble music, western folk, jazz, and more.
Not only is the instrument capable of any pitch, but it offers
extreme variety in tones and coloring by subtle changes in
embouchere and movement of the head to modify the air-flow over
the blowing edge (utaguchi).
Music for the Shakuhachi spans a lot of different styles.
In the eastern traditions there are the following general styles:
doyo - Children's songs
minyo - Folk tunes
shinkyoku - Music composed between 1900-1950
gendai kyoku - Modern music
san kyoku - Trio music for shakuhachi, koto, and shamisen
honkyoku - Classical shakuhachi music for Zen meditation,
or a free-form in this styleMusic