Hello brain trust. I’m looking for some advice on adapting a song to be played on tsugaru shamisen.
A while back the creative director for my taiko group started arranging a Polish folk dance song called Taniec Chasydzki to be played on taiko (along with elaborate choreography) backed by a few instruments to carry the melody including shamisen. Currently we have a clarinet and violin and should be adding a cello. His original idea is that it that the shamisen would take the place of the dulcimer (including the solo) to add some flavor to the other instruments. I think this could work, but it will take a lot of alterations since the two play very differently. Take a listen.
I would love to add the dynamics and percussiveness of tsugaru shamisen to the song, but my background is mostly minyo along with lessons from Bachido so my tsugaru experience is somewhat limited. I’ve got a good idea of what to play, but I was hoping to get some advice and suggestions on tsugaru techniques, phrases/kamashi, style, etc. that my limited experience would make me miss. Thanks.