Robert Grous

INTRODUCTORY MANUAL
for
KINKO HONKYOKU

This excellent playing guide deals extensively with the Buddhist origins of the shakuhachi, its religious significance and meditative qualities. The historical role of the komuso - early practitioners of the Fuke shakuhachi - is explored focusing on their relationship to the evolution of shakuhachi music in Japan. Grous offers a thorough examination of the Kinko Ryu notation system which includes a basic fingering charts, an explanation of timing and other helpful tips for the beginning student. He discusses how to care for the shakuhachi and takes the reader phrase-by-phrase through Cho Shi, the first piece of music in the Kinko Ryu repertoire.

69 pages. PG-9

Robert Grous is a Buddhist scholar, historian and teacher of Koten and Kinko honkyoku. He has studied extensively in the United States and Japan with two highly-respected masters of the shakuhachi, Baido Wakita and Seibi Sato.


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