Posted: 2013-08-11, 14:49 Post subject: Staccato in Haru No Umi
Dear mhofmann-san I hope you are enjoying your shakuhachi practice. Originally shakuhachi don't need any tonguing.But Shinkyoku(new pieces) demand the tonguing. When I play like "Haruno-umi(the sea in the spring)"I use staccato. I don't think that the staccato with shakuhachi is the same as it with silver flute. With flute I put tongue between the lips.With this wa I can get sharp staccato.But shakuhachi mouthpieace is wide, so putting tongue between the lips is not suitable for shakuhachi staccato. When I make staccato, I attach my tongue on the upper teeth gum, like recoder or trumpet. Sometimes I change the staccato position and use slur.Because shakuhachi is not suitable for tonguing. I hope my recommendation will be helpful for you. Sincerely Kishi Kiyokazu (Japan)貴志 清一 _________________ I run Shakuhachi-playing-study-group(尺八吹奏研究会）. I have been studying the shakuhachi and published a text book [尺八吹奏法Ⅱ］. I wish to share with pleasure of playing the shakuhachi with all of the ESS members.
Posted: 2013-08-12, 04:34 Post subject: Staccato in Haru No Umi
Kishi-san, I have never played silver flute staccato in the manner that you suggest, but it seems that for double tonguing, that would be impractical. I agree with your idea for tonguing with the tip of the tongue behind the upper front teeth at the gum line. Tonguing here also makes double-tonguing very possible with the shakuhachi.