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

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

Matsuri Yatai Bayashi, Shinobue

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