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PostPosted: 2012-10-24, 08:58    Post subject: Hello from South Africa! Reply with quote

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Hello fellow Shakuhachi players

My name is Daniel, I'm from South Africa and I have been playing shakuhachi for about 2 and 1/2 years.
I originally came into contact with a home styled flute made by John Roff at a Enviromental/world heritage day, where he played many different instruments of different countries. I was spell bound by the 1.4 (Maybe less?) very curved flute and someone behind me noticed, and after the demonstration he encouraged me to go and speak to John. I did, and he agreed to give me a starter lesson and lent me that tiny flute and a yuu (the latter of which I still haven't returned yet, sorry John!)

He also lent me Tokuyama Takashi's "Take No Michi - the path of bamboo". I practiced with that for the first half of the year, then started slowly getting lessons with Kiku Day (thank you Kiku) which is really great, I have learnt a lot about the shakuhachi since then (yet so little...) and it has really added another dimension to my life, both physically and spiritually. I eventually bought a refurbished Chikusen Tami flute from Perry Yung (thanks Perry!) It's really beautiful and has a great sound.


A little strange that I finally decide to post now, as I'm currently suffering from moderate carpal tunnel, which is preventing me from playing. I have been bracing the wrist and using a powerball as slow as it will spin, and it is getting better, but slowly. Very frustrating, but hopefully with a bit of rest I'll be back to playing everyday.

So the shakuhachi I found to be super challenging, in many different ways, but also rewarding. Okay
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PostPosted: 2012-10-24, 16:19    Post subject: Hello from South Africa! Reply with quote

Hello Daniel

Good to see you here... and sad to hear about your troubles!
Looking forward to seeing you again more regularly! Smile

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PostPosted: 2012-10-24, 22:21    Post subject: Hello from South Africa! Reply with quote

Hi Daniel!
Daniel Otto wrote:
Hello fellow Shakuhachi players

...I originally came into contact with a home styled flute made by John Roff at a Enviromental/world heritage day, where he played many different instruments of different countries. I was spell bound by the 1.4 (Maybe less?) very curved flute and someone behind me noticed, and after the demonstration he encouraged me to go and speak to John....



John is great! He sent me this wild flute many years ago. It's wonderful.
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A little strange that I finally decide to post now, as I'm currently suffering from moderate carpal tunnel, which is preventing me from playing. I have been bracing the wrist and using a powerball as slow as it will spin, and it is getting better, but slowly. Very frustrating, but hopefully with a bit of rest I'll be back to playing everyday.


Try to find some Chinese ointment called Teet Da Jouw. It helps alleviate pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and other muscle, ligament issues. Maybe if you can get to the Chinatown in Johannesburg, they may have it. A lot of wushu people have it around.

Take care, Perry
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PostPosted: 2012-10-25, 09:22    Post subject: Hello from South Africa! Reply with quote

I will try! I'll keep typing to a minimum for now (this post is nothing compared to what I do at work though).
That flute is awesome Perry, I remember being at Johns place and he brings out one of these long flutes, with the holes staggered like the one above. I ask him "don't you use more air to blow those?" he just smiles and tells me, "no, I find it uses less". Anyway he's a great mentor, the first day at his house we made a flute together (a 2.0) - deeper flutes are fun to play. He showed me how to care for the flute, bind it, keep out of the cold wind etc.

I will look into the ointment you suggested, I have been using Arnica oil and it seems to help, but I've also heard tiger balm works quite well. I have also put my resignation in as working is definitely the cause, I'll put down some study time for myself while I rest.
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PostPosted: 2012-10-25, 18:10    Post subject: Hello from South Africa! Reply with quote

Glad to hear John is still playing.......I met him some years ago in SA and we had a great time.
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PostPosted: 2012-10-30, 10:34    Post subject: Hello from South Africa! Reply with quote

Hi Brian, yeah he did mention you when he was speaking about how he learned to play. He also showed me the red lacquer flute you left with him, I blew a Ro once on it and it had a great sound.
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