Michael Chikuzen Gould is offering private online shakuhachi lessons, using computer video conferencing, for students around the world! Shakuhachi lessons are being offered for beginners to advanced players, in the traditions of Do-kyoku, Meian, Kinko and modern compositions for koto and shakuhachi.
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The Shakuhachi Yuu (Size: 1.8 / Key of D)
Endorsed by players and professional teachers worldwide! The Shakuhachi Yuu is a quality, well tuned instrument, available at a very affordable price for anyone who wants to play shakuhachi. Precision bore design, good tonal balance throughout the entire scale. Plays easily, with a clear, bright and confident tone.
Enhanced Shakuhachi Yuu
For those who like to push the limits…here is the Enhanced Shakuhachi Yuu—an absolute work of art! This Enhanced Yuu has been through the workshop of Monty Levenson, an experienced craftsman of fine shakuhachi, and has emerged with a full bore and tuning enhancement, elegant rattan bindings with brass rings at the joint, and a silk utaguchi cover.
Seven-Hole Shakuhachi Yuu
The seven-hole shakuhachi was made popular by the great composer of modern shakuhachi music Miyata Kohachiro. The instrument is used by players performing Western classical music, yet offers no limitations to performance of traditional and modern Japanese music. The two extra holes, Tsu no Meri and U, were added for this purpose. They facilitate fast runs common in modern compositions and eliminate ergonomic gymnastics associated with the techniques of meri-kari and partial holings. Quite a few traditional players now use the seven-hole shakuhachi exclusively as it offers greater flexibility with no impediment whatsoever to the performance of traditional honkyoku, sankyoku, and gaikyoku.
Enhanced Seven-Hole Shakuhachi Yuu
Once again, for those who like to push the limits…here is the Enhanced 7 Hole Shakuhachi Yuu—another creative work of art! This Enhanced 7 Hole Yuu has been through the workshop of Monty Levenson, a master craftsman of fine shakuhachi, and has emerged with a full bore and tuning enhancement, elegant rattan bindings with brass rings at the joint, and a silk utaguchi cover.
Shakuhachi Yuu Adapter
A fantastic device to assist the beginning player. Simply insert this adapter into the top end of the Yuu, start blowing, and you get instant sound! An excellent tool for learning finger placement, without having to focus attention on the embouchure when first starting. This adapter also transforms the Yuu into a breathy, mystical sounding Native American flute!
Shakuhachi: Japanese Bamboo Flute
by Masayuki Koga / Book and CD – 152 pages
Highly recommended! Excellent teaching guide for learning the shakuhachi. Written by a master player, Masayuki Koga’s book/cd starts out very simple and basic and evolves into more advanced teaching. This book/cd is an invaluable resource for beginners, intermediate and advanced players as well.
The Sound of Bamboo: Blowing Zen and the Spirit of Shakuhachi by Bob Berlin-Grous and Monty H. Levenson with Clifton Karhu and Taniguchi Ryudo Yoshinobu / Book – 173 pages
The Sound of Bamboo is not only the revised, expanded editions of two book in one, but something entirely new and different in how information is transmitted, imparted and conveyed. An interactive book that connects directly to the internet via Ricoh’s Clickable Paper technology, turning a print edition intot he equivalent fo a web browser with sound and video. Includes over 100 photos, illustrations and artwork. Provides 400 hyperlinks connecting the reader from the printed page directly to the world of shakuhachi via the internet!
How To Play the Shakuhachi:
A Guide to the Japanese Bamboo Flute
by Yoshinobu Taniguchi / Book and CD – 53 pages
This is an excellent and very affordable teaching guide. It provides clear and concise information covering all aspects of the shakuhachi. This book/cd by Taniguchi is a perfect place to start for beginning students of the instrument.
Take-No-Michi – The Path of Bamboo: A
Beginner’s Guide to Learning Shakuhachi Honkyoku by Takashi Tokuyama with Barry Nyosui Weiss / Book and CD – 65 pages
A shakuhachi playing guide designed specifically for beginning students. The keynote of this edition is “simplicity.” A CD, fingering chart, and many excellent illustrations are included.
Shakuhachi Workbook: Daily Practice Exercises for
Technical Development by James Nyoraku Schlefer
Book and CD – 98 pages
James Nyoraku Schlefer’s 93-page Shakuhachi Wookbook and CD offers daily practices for helping you to develop your technical skills in playing shakuhachi. This workbook is another excellent resource for those dedicated to their shakuhachi practice.
Kinko Shakuhachi DVD Teaching Guides
2 DVD Set with Bruce Huebner and Gunmar Jinmei Linder
Here is the long-awaited series of DVD playing guides for shakuhachi in English. Beginning and intermediate students of the shakuhachi will find this two DVD set extremely informative and beneficial for your practice.
How To Play Classical Shakuhachi Book 1
Yoshinobu Taniguchi and Michael Gould / Book – 46 pages
Shakuhachi masters, Yoshinobu Taniguchi and Michael Chikuzen Gould offer this excellent book, designed to teach intermediate and advanced players the finer points of shakuhachi honkyoku. Taniguchi’s attention to detail and nuance is enhanced by numerous illustrations, charts and notation, all of which are hand-drawn by the author.
Shakuhachi Koten Honkyoku: Practice, Techniques and Notation by Katsuya Yokoyama
Are you ready to take your shakuhachi honkyoku practice to the next level? Here is a priceless collection of sheet music, CDs and instruction by Katsuya Yokoyama, one of the greatest masters of the shakuhachi in Japan today. Includes 24 page playing guide and detailed fingering chart, 22 hand written honkyoku scores, and a 3 CD set including all the pieces in the collection of sheet music.
Shakuhachi Duets: Ten Original Compositions for Two Shakuhachi by James Nyoraku Schlefer
Shakuhachi Duets offers ten original compositions for two shakuhachi. The accompanying CD includes each piece with both parts performed together as well as each part separately. This edition offers text in English and in Japanese, and the musical scores are transcribed in both Kinko-ryu and Western notation.
Jazz Shakuhachi with Bruce Huebner and Jonathon Katz
DVD (53 minutes) plus 20-Page Booklet
Begin improvising with only a rudimentary knowledge of the shakuhachi or with little or no jazz background. Learn to harmonize chords played on the piano with the open tones of the shakuhachi. Learn how the shakuhachi is uniquely built for the blues.
Learn how you can build a jazz solo or play over fast chord progressions on a 5-hole bamboo flute.
Learn how traditional scales apply to modern jazz chords.
Kinko Shakuhachi: One Maker’s Approach / Shakuhachi Master Craftsman Yoneda Chikamitsu by Elmer Takeo Kudo
Book – 64 Pages
Kinko Shakuhachi: One Maker’s Approach is, by far, the most thorough exploration of the traditional techniques used to make shakuhachi flutes currently available in English. It takes the reader, step-by-step, through the entire shakuhachi making process.
Stalking The Wild Bore: A Trek Into the Heart of Shakuhachi Darkness / Emptiness to Sound: Exploring the Acoustical Physics of the Shakuhachi Flute by Monty H. Levenson
Book – 32 Pages
For those of you interested in making shakuhachi or those who simply want to learn more about the acoustical physics of the shakuhachi flute, here is an excellent book by a master of this art.
A Variety of Excellent Shakuhachi Music CDs
Click on the photo to the left or the link below to view our present collection of shakuhachi music from various artists such as Michael Chikuzen Gould, Katsuya Yokoyama and others. We will be adding new titles to our collection often.
Shakuhachi Cleaning Cloth (Tsuyutoshi)
This is a traditional style, quality, cotton cleaning cloth, with a string and a nice weight. A cleaning cloth is essential for keeping the bore of the shakuhachi free of moisture, dust and dirt. Comes complete with instructions on how to tie a removable knot onto the cleaning cloth.
Shakuhachi Vapor Lock Carrying Bag
for 1.8 – 1.9 Size Shakuhachi
This attractive, high quality wool carrying bag is made specifically for protecting bamboo shakuhachi and many other types of flutes. To protect your instrument, this carrying bag is made from high quality wool material with additional inner padding, and a polypropolene vapor barrier sewn inside. This stabilizes the moisture content of the instrument to prevent damage.
Shakuhachi Vapor Lock Carrying Bag
for 2.0 – 2.1 Size Shakuhachi
This attractive, high quality wool carrying bag is made specifically for protecting bamboo shakuhachi and many other types of flutes. To protect your instrument, this carrying bag is made from high quality wool material with additional inner padding, and with a polypropolene vapor barrier sewn inside. This stabilizes the moisture content of the instrument to prevent damage.
Shakuhachi Vapor Lock Carrying Bag
for 2.3 – 2.4 Size Shakuhachi
This attractive, high quality wool carrying bag is made specifically for protecting bamboo shakuhachi and many other types of flutes. To protect your instrument, this carrying bag is made from high quality wool material, with additional inner padding, and with a polypropolene vapor barrier sewn inside. This stabilizes the moisture content of the instrument to prevent damage.