Hi, so I’ve had my new instrument for one week. Pictures are here: https://m.imgur.com/a/sPDcf
I absolutely love it! It was handmade by Catherine Thompson, it is so well-made, well-balanced, and a joy to play that I have not picked up another instrument since getting it!
I initially planned to play finger style, then thought about trying to make my own plectrum, but finally found a wooden one for sale for $20. I am acutely aware of how much better a more flexible bachi would be, but I just can’t do it right now. Waiting for the wooden one to come in the mail.
Once it comes I will pick up One of the courses/songs from this website to learn. I “know” the song Sakura, so I’m leaning towards that. But I would love any advice or thoughts. I know I want a Japanese song, I feel very good playing bluegrass, Americana, and minstrel banjo music on this thing.
Started tuning was BEb, current tuning is CEA, to take advantage of the fact that I already know songs in that tuning from the ukulele. Currently working through Snowdrop, would like to work on Lehigh Polka next.
Also, probably the biggest barrier I see so far with the instrument is the lack of a way forward. This website excepted, teachers are few and far between, and is there a repository for freely available tablature? It occurred to me with the tuning I have now, I can use any of these: https://pdfminstrel.wordpress.com/2-tri-tabs-for-all-ukuleles-pdfs/
That is for those less traditionally minded of course.
Thanks all for the help along the way!