Shinobue and Takebue Bamboo Flute

The shinobue (篠笛) also called takebue is a Japanese transverse flute or fue that has a high-pitched sound. It is found in hayashi and nagauta ensembles, and plays important roles in noh and kabuki theatre music.

Shinobue Kenuke Toge by Tarara

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75MUK2bR7fQv

It is heard in Shinto music such as kagura-den, as well as in traditional Japanese folk songs. There are two styles: uta (song) and hayashi (festival). The uta is properly tuned to the Western scale, and can be played in ensembles or as a solo instrument. The hayashi is not in the correct pitch, because it is simply a piece of hollow bamboo with holes cut into it. It emits a very high-pitched sound, and is appropriate for the festival/folk music of Japan. Both shinobue flutes play a very important role in the Japanese theater.

Shinobue Playing “Shine” by kogakusyu Sho

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqO1akQv_GQv

Matsuri Yatai Bayashi, Shinobue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moCC0-bdXNIv

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