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PostPosted: 2013-08-14, 13:56    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

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My PVC shakuhachi arrived today. 1.8 in D root end style. I'm a total beginner to playing music and know next to nothing about musical notation. I'm learning how to hold the flute against my lips. Getting a sound out of it is somewhat hit and miss - I guess that is down to practice and I'm watching lots of YouTube videos about this.

I can get different notes by covering various holes; so am I correct in guessing the next thing to do is to learn to play scales? There are several "fingering charts" - which is the one I should start with as a total beginner?
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PostPosted: 2013-08-14, 14:57    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

Hello Shakhi,

There are several fingering charts here, you can start with the "Very simplified chart" !
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PostPosted: 2013-08-14, 15:58    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

Thank you, that is very useful. I'm getting the five different notes but need to practice them now so I can get them consistently. Smile
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PostPosted: 2013-08-14, 18:05    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

It is necessary that you play each note long.

Good luck. And let us know of your progress.

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PostPosted: 2013-08-14, 19:17    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

Thanks. I'll try to make each note last as long as possible. Sometimes I'm able to go up and down the scale of 5 notes easily and it sounds good; other times my fingers fumble and I make the wrong sound or the flute stop making any sounds at all apart from a hissing / whistling noise and yet other times it seems to change octave while on the same note. I need to work a lot more on my mouth shape and keeping it consistent along with the blowing. I guess it is just down to practice, practice and more practice.
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PostPosted: 2013-08-14, 19:31    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

It is difficult to blow exactly at the right place, to find and keep the right sound.

The sound does not come out, it hisses, it jumps abruptly on the second octave...

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PostPosted: 2013-08-14, 19:53    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

It seems to be easier to play standing instead of sitting. Perhaps because the lungs can inflate more and be controlled better.
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PostPosted: 2013-08-14, 23:12    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

Shakhi wrote:
the flute stop making any sounds at all apart from a hissing / whistling noise and yet other times it seems to change octave while on the same note

Sounds like if your embouchure was too much covered. Maybe you should try to play more kari.
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PostPosted: 2013-08-15, 15:15    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

JF Lagrost wrote:
Shakhi wrote:
the flute stop making any sounds at all apart from a hissing / whistling noise and yet other times it seems to change octave while on the same note

Sounds like if your embouchure was too much covered. Maybe you should try to play more kari.


What is "kari". I'm a total beginner and new to all the terminology. Do you have a link please?
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PostPosted: 2013-08-15, 15:45    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

Shakhi wrote:
What is "kari". I'm a total beginner and new to all the terminology. Do you have a link please?

David Sawyer has a shakuhachi glossary and an short essay on meri kari modulations. The terms might make more sense if you had a book (or a teacher!) that introduced them coherently rather than in glossary form though.

EDIT: Oh, I just remembered that some video by Jon Kypros concerning meri/kari came up on my Facebook newsfeed recently: Close-up of mari and kari head movements for playing shakuhachi
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PostPosted: 2013-08-15, 19:22    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

Hello Shakhi, here are also some very helpful instructions:
http://www.kotodama.net/shakuhachi/tips.html

Edit says: I deleted one of my links, because Eugene posted it already.
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PostPosted: 2013-08-15, 19:49    Post subject: Fingering Charts Reply with quote

Thank you Eugene and Stefan for the links. Smile
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