The first of a long-awaited series of video playing guides for shakuhachi in English. Beginning and intermediate students of the shakuhachi will all find this edition useful and informative. Kinko Shakuhachi is distinguished by the use of ornamentation, particularly the atari breath-finger attack, and by the variety of tone colors, most notably the meri techniques and alternate fingerings, available to the player. After a brief introduction to various performance settings for Kinko shakuhachi, this video guide gradually introduces the notation system, techniques and fingerings using pieces drawn from the traditional Kinko honkyoku repertoire. The musical compositions presented include Yuyake Koyake, Sakura, Kojo no Tsuki, and Kimigayo, amongst others. Particular attention is paid to the atari attack which is used on nearly every note in the performance examples. Huebner carefully demonstrates, discusses and takes the student through each melody with close-ups of actual performance and the traditional Kinko notation. Volume One: Includes performance and notation examples with exercises and pointers on tone production, the traditional notation system, and basic Kinko ornamentation. (41 minutes.)
Bruce Huebner is the first non-Japanese to graduate from the Japanese Music Department of the Tokyo University of Fine Arts & Music. He studied shakuhachi with Jensuke Kawase and earned his master teaching degree from Chikuyusha in 1995. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Fukushima College for Women in Japan.