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The Shakuhachi: A Manual For Learning
Part I: Learning to Play. Part II: History & Development, Part III: Walking on Its Own. The first edition of this text (a bi-lingual edition) was published in 1986 in Tokyo by Ongaku No Tomo Sha. This new second edition is entirely in English and adds a practice CD. Today the author both teaches and performs in Japan and overseas.
Published 2008 by Printed Matter Press
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This is a fairly complete, if brief, overview of the basics of shakuhachi playing, musical notation, history and what techniques are involved in performing traditional compositions. From what I understand, it was the authors doctoral thesis cleaned up a bit for publication. I would have appreciated more depth, but apparently this is the only game in town, so I'm happy to have convinced my local library to stock it. I can't imagine actually learning to play this significantly difficult instrument ...more