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Learn to play Shakuhachi Honkyoku

Honshirabe and Tamuke
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 23m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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You will learn the basics of Honkyoku music through two easier Honkyoku. It is very important to start with the simpler phrases to master the more difficult pieces that you will study later on. Some of the basics appear in the song Honshirabe and it is very important to practice each phrase. Robuki practice is also a great warm up before going into the song.
Honshirabe is a simpler and shorter Honkyoku. It is the understanding of oneself. A song that goes deep into onself. It is one of the simpler  Honkyoku, but Honkyokus are not easy pieces to play. So I recommend you start with the simpler songs from our first lectures before moving on to these pieces. Some sections with meri and Oumeri are difficult, you might not be bale to get it right away, but try through practice to get closest to it as possible. It will take some time, it is also a good idea to come back to it through your practice as the song will make more and more sense each time you go back to it. The same for Tamuke.
Through Honshirabe, you will slowly grasp the Honkyoku phrasing and music. A piece of music that does not have any set tempo. Tamuke is also a simpler Honkyoku with easier lines that will help you to slowly understand this style. These songs should be played hundreds of times if not thousands of times to really grasp the song. Each player will make the song his/her own. After all, Honshirabe is the song of oneself and becomes very personal.
Tamuke has its own difficulty that you will try to master little by little. I recommned  learning t write the music as well zyourself. Try to rewrite the score yourself. It is a great exercice to memoprize the notation and later be able to write you own music in Shakuhachi notation.
Don’t expect sudden results, this is a slow process and needs patience and lots of practice. So have fun with it and discover  a new world of music through these two songs.

You will learn

✓ Students will learn to play some simpler Honkyoku and learn the basic to play Honkyoku
✓ Students will learn to play with more confidence and creating better sound
✓ Students will learn to read and write Shakuhachi music
✓ Students will learn to breather correctly to be able to hold note


• Be able to read the music and get sounds out of the Shakuhachi. you should preferably have a 1.8 Shakuhachi to be able to play along
• Should be able to play Ro buck and play Meri sounds

This course is for

• Intermediate to advanced students
Shakuhachi Virtuoso
Marco Lienhard is the director of East Winds, Inc. and the musical director and lead performer for Taikoza and East Winds Ensemble (1995-Present). Marco Lienhard lived and performed in Japan for 18 years (1981-1998) as a member of the legendary Taiko group Ondekoza under director Tagayasu Den (who instigated the renaissance of Taiko). In Ondekoza, he mastered the Taiko, the Shinobue, the Noh flute and he mastered the Shakuhachi under Katsuya Yokoyama. He ran over 9000 miles around the perimeter of the US from 1990-to 1993 while performing over 700 shows along the way.
Since 1981, Marco had toured and taught internationally. He has performed as a soloist with Taikoza and Ondekoza numerous times at Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Madison Square Garden, Tchaikovsky Hall, and International Performing Center in Moscow among others. He has been on the roster of 10 Young Audiences Chapters for the past 20 years. He has worked as well with Lincoln Institute, Symphony Space educational CAP program since 1995. With his knowledge of 7 languages, he has presented educational programs in several languages through South America, Europe, and Japan. He has presented school programs in Birmingham, AL thanks to an NEA grant. He has performed for the Wolftrap Institute as many other educational organizations nationally.
In 1995, Marco Lienhard was the critically acclaimed Shakuhachi soloist for the NYC Opera’s premiere of the Opera ”Kinkakuji” and “Voyage X” with the Juilliard New Music Ensemble. He recorded music for the award-winning Nintendo Wii games: Red Steel 1 and 2. He has produced over ten award-nominated CDs for East Winds Ensemble and Taikoza (with over 10 million streams on Spotify).
He has published a bestseller book about learning the Shinobue and is working on other books and CDs.
Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 23m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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