on the picture to listen to the piece
here for a description of how to play the piece the
The picture on
the left is a typical example of how the Kyotaku music
notes are read from top to bottom and from right to left.
At the bottom of the page is a
fingering chart for Kyotaku. Normaly we play just two
octaves on Kyotaku. The lower octave is called otsu
and is written in black. The higher octave is called
kan and is written in red. Notes partially red and
partially black are played meri. It is possible
to play in the third octave as well, but this is rarely
done. In common shakuhachi playing this is used more
The dots are
breathmarks. So the length of a line is determined by
the length of ones breath.
Kyotaku playing emphasis is on natural in- and outbreath,
which gives it the nice, serene and warm sound.
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