Upgrade your tone - strengthen your wrists!


Hi everyone!

Finally it’s here! The video on the wrist/upper body exercises we did at the Berlin Shamicamp 2016 in June!
I know you’ve been waiting and I’m happy and proud to be able to finally share this with you all!

Do 3-10 repetitions on each exercise and if you do them regularly (at least once a week) I assure you that you will be able to relax more in your playing.

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The sound is a little uneven, since I didn’t have a microphone, but I hope you can hear most of it.

Let me know what you think!


A lot more comfortable now that we don’t have to do them on the CARPET OF DOOM!


This is great, Anne!
Actually, it’s coming at the perfect time for me. After getting back into a regular routine of shamisen practice again, I’ve been finding pain in my elbows as well as wrists after several intense songs. Because so much recent Bachido work has been on the computer, I had been wondering if it was carpel tunnel related. Anywho, these exercises should surely stave that off! :slight_smile:

Also, I’d love to turn this into a Bachido Blog article with you as the author! Because threads get lost so easily in the sea of posts, it’d be great to have this easily accessible! :slight_smile: Would you like to write up something with pictures and details? Or just post the video as is?


It could be something like this, http://bachido.com/blog/hajiki-consisent-tone, or something simpler like this -http://bachido.com/blog/learn-a-shamisen-solo-from-kubo


Yeesss…I found it very helpful during the Workshop and, as Kyle stated, for people who are ‘holding mices’ all day long, this is a good prophylactic excersise. Thanks Anne.


These are great. Thanks for sharing Anne. I already use some of the stretches for taiko. I’d love to see a full article or more extensive video on this. I’ll be adding some of these to my normal stretch and fitness routines. Many thanks as someone that sits in front of a computer all day.


Will need too look at it but like Kyle, timing is perfect.

New projects are beginning so it will be of great use.


If one maintains the low level of playing that I have, one never feels pain.


This is really great! I can do some of these exercises when I’m at work feeling depressed because I am working instead of playing the shamisen :stuck_out_tongue:

Thanks a lot Anne.


thank you !! you makes me a stronger man


Hey, I just realized something! Those wrist stretches are the nikkyo and kotegaeshi stretches we do in Aikido to prep for class! :smiley:


No coincidence there Ian. Old knowledge is good knowledge. There’s a reason a lot of the traditional arts use those moves and train with them.