I see a lack in sound samples for usual shamisen-education-books

i hope this will be new enough to get some attention …

as a greenhorn in playing the shamisen i started to collect some “easy education literature”. unfortunately there’s no book to get that provides a cd or maybe online media to get a sound sample for the songs in there. it seems to be a matter of luck to find something suitable on youtube for instance. what do you think about starting a collection of samples by experienced players for those who want to learn?

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Hi Kay,

Oh, I’m glad you mentioned that! Actually, I used to have a section called ‘Index of Songs’ on the old site which had recordings of all the songs in Shamisen of Japan, as well as many minyo. Nuts, I’ll have to ask my brother where we can host them now.

I’ll let you know when we get it set up again! :slight_smile:


thanks a lot, kyle! this “index” would be very helpful in case of your book’s content. unfortunately there is nothing comparable to find for other books. may i post some links to books (and content-lists) i bought?

in the book i’m currently working with there’s a children song called “choocho”. with some small changes it is possible to play the german folk- or children song “hänschen klein”. may be i’ll post a sound sample within the next days. nothing special but interesting for a shamisen-greenhorn like me …

still i’m a beginner, so please don’t mind the bad quality … https://flic.kr/p/2eSbrKG


Bravo! :clap: That is very good!

thanks a lot, connor! it is nothing special but i think it funny to play a widely known german folk song on an exotic instrument as the shamisen - or in my case a wooden gottan - is

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this was my first book:


the isbn is 9784415028323 and maybe this link will be helpful to find an issue: https://www.amazon.de/三味線をはじめよう-_独習でも三味線で弾けるようになる/dp/4415028322/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_pl_foot_top?ie=UTF8#detailBullets_feature_div

there’s quite a lot of information about history, technical details, equipment, accesoires and - of course - some scores. unfortunately all is written in japanese language. there’s no index of the songs included but i’ve tried to figure out some of them: kuroda bushi, sakura sakura, akatonbo, yuyake koyake, haru no ogawa, furusato, soran bushi, saitara bushi, kokiriko bushi, shimabara chikou no komori uta. there are some more but i don’t know or cannot read the titles.

another book in my library and the one i’ve learned the most from so far:

its isbn is 9784285108460 and it is listed at amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/楽譜が読めない人にも-やさしい三味線教本/dp/4285108461/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_pdt_img_top?ie=UTF8

if someone’s interested in i can share an index of songs (a long one) but for today i just share the songs i use to play in my exercises: chou chou (with some changes i play it as the german folk song “hänschen klein”), sakura, furusato, takeda no komoriuta, akai kutsu, chatsumi, kojo no tsuki (there are two versions), hanayome ningyou, akatonbo, kasan no uta.

Hello Kyle has the Index of songs been restored?

Ah, unfortunately I can’t get them back the way the site is now. I am talking with a professional web designer about doing a full overhaul which will make it easier/possible to have those features back. Hopefully that will be made sometime in 2022.

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