Shamisen Doukake


#1

Are Doukakes able to fit in a nagauta and tsugaru shamisen?
well to be specific Can you fit a Doukake for a tsugaru on a nagauta?
Or is it one size fits all?

Im new to the shamisen so please forgive me if im wrong


#2

Since shamisen have different sized dou, the doukake are also different sizes!

Nagauta dou are dramatically smaller than Tsugaru/Go-bu-dai dou. Therefore, a nagauta doukake will never fit a tsugaru. On the other hand, while a tsugaru doukake could be placed on a nagauta, it will never fit snugly.

It is possible, sometimes, to fit a nagauta doukake on a go-rin-dai (min’yo/hauta/kouta) shamisen body.The size differential between a naguata and a go-rin-dai is very small, so it’s possible - if the doukake is made from a flexible material such as paper or cloth.