Shamisen Japanese Guitar Workshop

Explore the intriguing world of traditional Japanese music with the shamisen. Discover how one of the most distinctive sounds in Japanese culture is produced, and learn the basic steps to playing a tsuguru shamisen, a three-stringed musical instrument not disimilar to a guitar.

After, participants have the unique opportunity to experience the Okinawa shamisen (jabisen), an instrument with an ancient past often likened to a banjo.
* Duration: 1 hour
* Starts: Minato City, Japan
* Trip Category: Classes & Workshops >> Music Classes




Explore the intriguing world of traditional Japanese music with the shamisen. Discover how one of the most distinctive sounds in Japanese culture is produced, and learn the basic steps to playing a tsuguru shamisen, a three-stringed musical instrument not disimilar to a guitar.

After, participants have the unique opportunity to experience the Okinawa shamisen (jabisen), an instrument with an ancient past often likened to a banjo.

Itinerary

This program explores the intriguing world of traditional Japanese music through the shamisen, one of the most distinctive instruments in Japanese culture.

In this experience, you will learn from a nationally-accredited instructor how to play the tsugaru shamisen, a three-stringed musical instrument not disimilar to a guitar. Characterized by its thick strings and neck, it is played by plucking the strings with a wide, heavy plectrum to create the graceful variety of strong and delicate sounds found in much of Japan’s folk music.

After the lesson, you will then have the unique opportunity to experience the Okinawan shamisen, the jabisen. This is a banjo-like instrument with a long ancient past and unique sound.