My name is Haley and I’m new to the shamisen. With the help of Kyle’s videos, I’ve been attempting to tune the (used) shamisen I received for Christmas. However, even with an electric tuner, I can’t seem to get a C-G-C range. In fact, when the ni-ito is tuned to G, it feels too loose to strike. Then when I mimic other shamisen players, my instrument has a much deeper sound that sort of resembles more of a bass guitar. Does anyone know if adjusting the strings would help or is it a sign of a deeper issue? As I mentioned, the instrument is rather old and I wanted to get someone’s opinion before I started blindly taking it apart.
Thank you, Sensei!