Tsugaru Shamisen and Okinawa Sanshin

The shamisen is an instrument that’s been around for a long time in Japan. It’s about 1 meter (3 feet) long and has three strings that are played using a large pick called a bachi.

How to play shamisen: Hit strings with Bachi(the large pick)vertically to body,so strings touches body part.When strings touches body,it makes percussive sound.And you have to push strings with your nail when playing the shamisen.

Yoshida Brothers KODO


The tsugaru Jamisen is a kind of shamisen whose unique style of play gives performers room to improvise. A lot of people say it’s similar to jazz in that way.

God of Shamisen. Takahashi Chikuzan ( Samisen-jyonkara )
Traditional Tsugaru Shamisen


Osanai Kaoru,He uses two kinds of touch(mae-bachi ushiro-bachi,the two is called Bachizuke).With Bachizuke.


Nagayama Yoko
This song “Kaettekoi Yo” means “To reaturn Home”
I love to see her paformance.


Hiromitsu Agatsuma ( Tsugaru jyongara )


The sanshin (三線 literally “three strings”) is an Okinawan musical instrument and precursor of the Japanese shamisen. Often likened to a banjo, it consists of a python skin-covered body, neck and three strings.

Begin ( Sanshin no Hana )
He is playing the Okinawa Sanshin


In mainland Japan, many people refer to the sanshin as jabisen (蛇皮線, literally “snake-skin strings”) or jamisen (蛇三線, “snake three strings”) because the body of the instrument has a snakeskin covering. A bamboo bridge raises the strings off the skin.

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