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PostPosted: 2011-05-03, 18:25    Post subject: Playing Ro-Buki Reply with quote

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So here’s something that could be interesting and fun. I’m hoping to make a composite recording of a group of Shakuhachi players doing RO-Buki.

Here’s how it could work, people post a recording on themselves playing RO-Buki.

Then I lay all the tracks into one piece of music and it should sound like a group of us are playing RO-Buki together.

As I get more and more of your files and I'll keep reposting the compiled version here. I’m thinking I’ll loop your files to make the finished version 5 or 10 minutes.

A little more details,
1. If you can please attach your audio file here as MP3.
2. Make the recording 2 or 3 minutes.
3. Please do this using a 1.8.
3. At the beginning of your audio file please speak you name.

Best wishes, Okay
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PostPosted: 2011-05-05, 14:04    Post subject: Playing Ro-Buki Reply with quote

In case there's some new players who don't know the term RO-Buki, here goes.

Starting with the RO part of this, RO is the first note on a shakuhachi with all finger holes closed. "Buki" is the Japanese verb stem from "fuku", meaning "to
blow". So "RO-buki" is to blow RO. To be blown without meri (flat) or kari (sharp).

It can be used as a warm-up to prepare your embrochure. Also because of its simplicity I feel it can also be very Zen meditative, easy to get lost in.
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PostPosted: 2011-05-06, 02:04    Post subject: Playing Ro-Buki Reply with quote

Just to clarify Chuck, the concept of meri and kari mean flat and sharp only in the way that they relate to each other. Perhaps they should not be compared to the terms 'flat' and sharp', though. For example, tsu no meri is certainly 'flat' of tsu no chu no meri, and that note is 'flat' of tsu which is known as a 'kari' note. In this case 'flat' means below the relative pitch but should not be confused with the note Bb, for example. And by the same way of thinking tsu is 'sharp' of tsu no chu no meri as is that note of tsu no meri. That being said, we cannot say that tsu no chu no meri is 'kari' of tsu no meri, or tsu no meri is 'meri' of tsu no chu no meri. I believe that your comment was a generalization to make something understandable for those who might not otherwise understand the terms, but this is where misconceptions begin. I think it's best to accept the terminology of techniques in shakuhachi just as they are and assimilate them through practice rather than trying to find close approximations in a better known system. It's true that trying to deal with 'foreign' concepts might seem unnatural, uncomfortable and even confusing for a while, but with adequate use, those terms and concepts will soon become understood on their own merit. Growth often require challenging and stressing the boundaries. Good luck with your ro-buki project.
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PostPosted: 2011-05-06, 15:00    Post subject: Playing Ro-Buki Reply with quote

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your comment and yes when it comes to the shakuhachi's concept of meri and kari they may be akin to western notation's concept of sharps and flats but they are not necessarily a refference to spicific western notation like Bb. And yes, shakuhachi's meri and kari does not denote the same concept of sharper or flatter could as in western music.

To rip off Forest Gump a bit. "kari is as kari does and meri is and meri does. And that's all I got to say about that". Smile

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PostPosted: 2011-05-07, 15:42    Post subject: Playing Ro-Buki Reply with quote

I'm not too good with the spoken Japanese note names, but isn't Bb a typo meant to be Eb? Ie., tsu no meri is close to a Western Eb. Am I correct?
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PostPosted: 2011-05-07, 16:20    Post subject: Playing Ro-Buki Reply with quote

Hello Charles,

You are write, western Eb is a reasonably close equivalent to tsu no meri.

In my post I was just using Bb as an example of a western flat note. I did not intend to make a reference to any specific shakuhachi meri note.
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PostPosted: 2011-05-08, 06:58    Post subject: Playing Ro-Buki Reply with quote

Some people think tsu no meri is Eb, but in many contexts it's actually higher or lower in pitch than that note. Jeff's advice is correct, it's best not to make those equivalents unless you're intending to play Western music on shakuhachi.
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