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I posted a similar question in the Misc section, but thought it might be better here?
I would like to learn about the various styles of playing, which includes the history of the Shakuhachi. Most likely I will be getting " The Single Tone: A Personal Journey into Shakuhachi Music" by Christopher Yohmei Blasdel as a starting reference, but I'm not sure how deep it goes into the styles of playing.
If anyone can suggest recordings that would be a help also. Thank you.
Hello. I'm not sure of a single book myself that explores different styles of playing. A well known book that you can get from Neal at Naljor Creations, the same gentleman who sells the Shakuhachi Yuu on ebay and at this own website, www.shakuhachiyuu.com is : Shakuhachi: Japanese Bamboo Flute by Masayuki Koga It was written in 1978 and focuses on the Kinko school notation. It's focus is on beginning to advanced players. I also have the Single Tone book. Great book, I think it's emphasis is more biographical and historical with much information not only on the shakuhachi but Japanese culture from the author's experience. Best of luck on finding a suitable text for you. Of course, Monty Levenson with Tai Hei Shakuhachi also may do well to recommend books from his collection.
Last edited by JeffMartindale (2005-11-06 18:51:53)
The Annals of the International Shakuhachi Society - Vol. #1 is a most excellent book.... You can buy it from shakuhachi.com. I understand Vol. #2 ia at the press and due for release shortly...
All the best
Thank you Jeff and George.
Jeff, yes, maybe Monty can recommend something, that's a good idea. I will contact him.
George-thank you, I did wonder about the Annals vol 1 from the shakuhachi society-from the description, it sounds like it covers pretty much. And good to know the Vol 2 is about to be published too.
So, how much does the Annals Vol 1 cover with regard to the different styles? Do they reference any CDs or music in general to listen to?