Okay guys, if I have notation that is biwa (likely Chikuzen four or five string), I will post to the threads. For instance, Gion Sho notation:
Gion Shoja is the first few lines of the Tales of the Heike and perhaps familar to you because many sing this in full costume in Geisha/Samurai formality…or beloved of karaoke fans?
Placeholder for adding my Gion Shoja notation notes soon.
Now biwa tabs will follow soon… My not-so-secret ‘evil’ plan is to encourage all to attempt Japanese style strings and encourage biwa playing so it becomes much more popular.
If I may digress a bit…
I am a very slow learner in terms of feeling Japanese music, so it took me a few years to get the feel of three different biwas as I learned up to playing Gion Shoja (Gion Spirit Hut or Gion Temple) …I have only played the chikuzenbiwa and the four string or the five string student ones feel right to me. (They can be big and heavy for some 8))
If Kyle-san ever gets to making biwas, (another evil hope–I have great hopes for other people!), maybe I’ll get back to playing biwas. I have high hopes for shamisen/sanshin these next few years and if I do find Sanshin notation for Gion Shoja, I will post here!