i am basically a guitar player and i collect instruments from all around the world. i have several stringed instruments (indian sitar, turkish saz, italian mandoilin, chinese liute, peruvian charango…) and i can play flutes and some other instrument.
i recently bough a shamisen in japan but still i had not found anything regarding some “traditional playing technique” for beginners. i had a look at bashido school videos but they are really a lot and i got lost!
i play pretty well the (electric) guitar and i’m at ease with the shamisen but, right now, i play it mostly like a guitar and i found myself to apply a somewhat “chinese” style to the shamisen, so that the melodies i came up with are somewhat typical chinese!
i have some difficulties in defining what can be “japanese” music… on the contrary while i was i china i immediately defined what is “chinese music”!
so, what i’m looking for? well, that’s difficult to understand even for me!
i would like to get an insight of some typical playing techniques, that differentiate the shamisen from a simple guitar, for example, and also some traditional easy, japanese song.
can you give me some advice?
i will happily pay for some good video or book explaining me the basic of shamisen technique. i am not interested in the use of shamisen applied to “western” music and i don’t want very “advanced” video
i don’t want to become a shamisen virtuoso and i admit shamisen will never be my main instrument, but i like to learn something with each instrument of my collection, because i compose my own song and like to record myself.
to give you an example, this is my latest project:
i really look forward to use the shamisen in my next song but i don’t want it to sound like a “cheap” guitar!