Shakuhachi Workbook: Daily Practice Exercises
for Technical Development by James Nyoraku Schlefer
Book and CD – 98 pages
For those dedicated to their shakuhachi practice this is an excellent workbook!
This 93-page Shakuhachi Wookbook with CD, by James Nyoraku Schlefer, offers daily practices for helping you to develop your technical skills in playing shakuhachi.
“Just as athletes begin each workout session with stretches and calisthenics, so too should musicians begin each practice session with warm up exercises that prepare them for playing the repertoire.” – James Nyoraku Schlefer
This Shakuhachi Workbook presents numerous exercises for playing various scales, intervals, long tones, and so forth. The following exercises for developing your playing skills are included in this workbook:
Long Tones I
Long Tones II
Other Drills for: Meri, Swell, Atari, Koro Koro
James Nyoraku Schlefer
Called “A Master of the Shakuhachi” by The New York Times, James Nyoraku Schlefer is a leading performer and teacher of shakuhachi in New York City. He received the Dai-Shi-Han or Grand Master’s Certificate in 2001. In Japan he has worked with Aoki Reibo, Yokoyama Katsuya, Yoshio Kurahashi, Yoshinobu Taniguchi, Mitsuhashi Kifu, and his primary teacher in New York was Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin. He holds a Master’s degree in Western flute & musicology from Queens College and currently teaches music history courses at the City University of New York.
James has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood&rsquos Ozawa Hall, BAM, the World Financial Center, and the Metropolitan, Brooklyn and Philadelphia Museums. James has three solo recordings, Wind Heart (which travelled 120,000,000 miles aboard the Space Station MIR) Solstice Spirit (1998), and Flare Up (2002.) His music has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Nyoraku is a member of the Japanese Sankyoku Ensemble East, which has performed and lectured at the Juilliard School, Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music, Vassar, Haverford, Moravian, Colby-Sawyer, Hunter and Wellesley Colleges, SUNY New Paltz, and at music festivals in the US, Asia and Europe.