Carl Abbott

BLOWING ZEN:
One Breath, One Mind

Here is a complete guide for both the aspiring shakuhachi maker and player. It includes basic information and historical background on the instrument, a discussion of playing techniques and instruction for playing the following pieces:

Honkyoku (Solo Music) & Sankyoku (Ensemble Music)
Kuro Kami
Sode Koro
Sho Dan
Tsuru No Koe
Kon Go Seki
Hi Fu Mi
Roku Dan
Chi Dori
Minyo (Folk Tunes)
Hi No Maru No Hata
Haru No Ko Gawa
Yu Yuke Ko Yake
Himingaeyo
Kazoe Uta
Ko Ju No Tsuyki
Sakura
Haru Ga Kita
Hotaru No Hikari

Comes with a fingering chart and several examples of musical notation which can be heard on a 72-minute instructional CD covering all 17 pieces listed above.

This book features the most comprehensive review of shakuhachi construction techniques available in English, including detailed information and photographs on bore design and fabrication.

93 pages. PG-7.

Carl Abbott is founder of the Center for Taoist Thought and Fellowship in Santa Cruz, California. While in Japan he studied shakuhachi with two of the country's most respected teachers, Kansake Kawase and Goro Yamaguchi

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Monty H. Levenson, The Japanese Shakuhachi: Notes on the Craft & Construction
Monty H. Levenson, Stalking the Wild Bore: A Trek Into Shakuhachi Darkness


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