Bruce Huebner
&
Jonathan Katz

JAZZ SHAKUHACHI


A Dual Language Edition

English
with
Optional Japanese Subtitles

Jazz Shakuhachi - What's Inside

Shakuhachi blues Shakuhachi montuno Mura-iki on a samba The Okinawa scale over modern jazz chords Funk shakuhachi
Yes, that and more, as Jonathan and I combined the shakuhachi (that mysterious and infamously difficult Japanese bamboo flute) and piano (that most "Western" music making machine) to create an engaging new musical fusion.

Jazz Shakuhachi is based on over six years of recording and performing that has yielded a body of composition and improvisation tailored to these two wildly disparate instruments. It features:
• Live stage clips filmed at STB 139, a club located in the Rippongi district of Tokyo, Japan.
• Engaging discussion of strategies for blowing, writing and interpreting across the cultural divide.
• Easy to understand examples from original tunes and folk songs.
• Clear on-screen notation of scales and chord names.
• Short improvisation exercises for play along or keyboard study.

Jazz Shakuhachi includes:
• Pedagogically-arranged chapter headings and menus.
• Screen notation, chord names.
• Overhead keyboard shots.
• Optional Japanese subtitles.
• A printed glossary and sheet music.
• Screen glossary.
• Live concert clips.

Jazz Shakuhachi could be for you if you are:
• A traditional shakuhachi veteran looking for ideas for a new musical outlet.
• A western-trained musician, but shakuhachi beginner, hoping to exploit your chops in a new and creative way.
• A composer or back-up player looking for hints on bringing out the best of this traditional instrument.
• An educator introducing new trends in non-western music, aesthetic issues in modern fusion music or Japanese studies.

Jazz Shakuhachi presents key issues in a fast and interesting pace while attempting to answer the following questions:
• How can I begin enjoying improvising with only a rudimentary knowledge of the shakuhachi or with little or no jazz background?
• How can I harmonize chords played on the piano with the open tones of the shakuhachi?
• How is the shakuhachi uniquely built for the blues?
• How are Japanese folk melodies ideal for Latin jazz?
• How can I build a jazz solo or play over fast chord progressions on a 5-hole bamboo flute?
• How can traditional scales apply to modern jazz chords?

Jazz Shakuhachi includes performances of the following original tunes and arrangements:
• Zen In
• Ro, Tsu, Re, Chi, Ri Blues
• Mogamigawa (Mogami River Boat Song)
• Amado River
• The Number You Have Reached
• Bright One
• Like the Wind

Jazz Shakuhachi video comes with a 20-page booklet that includes an Introduction, Glossary and Sheet Music of all the pieces performed.V-20 Dual Language - English with Optional Japanese Subtitles

  Jazz Shakuhachi DVD

 


Introduction
0:53

1. Fitting Piano Chords with Shakuhachi Open Tones

1:34

1a. Diatonic Triads with Open Tones

2:16

1b. Seventh Chords with Open Tones

3:28

1c. Various Chords with Open Tones

4:52

1d. Performance:“Zen In”

6:17

1e. Practice: Open Tones with Piano Chords

8:12
2. Playing  Shakuhachi Blues
9:00

2a. Performance:“Ro, Tsu, Re, Chi, Ri Blues” 

9:17

2b. Traditional Shakuhachi Techniques and the Blues

10:53
3. Fusing Folk Shakuhachi with Latin Jazz
11:57

3a. Performance:“Mogamigawa”(Mogami River Boat Song)

12:04

3b. Playing a Montuno on the Shakuhachi

15:07

3c. Building a Jazz Solo on the Shakuhachi

16:01
4. Using Traditional Modes with Modern Jazz Chords
19:21

4a. Performance:“Amado River”

19:21

4b. Applying Tetrachords to Jazz Harmony

20:41

4c. A Closer Look at Tetrachords

23:08

4d. Building the Minyo Scale

23:58

4e. Transposing the Minyo Scale in Fourth Movement

24:29

4f. Minyo Scale in Fourth Movement in Time

26:22

4g. The Minyo Scale in Stepwise Movement in Time

27:38
5. Performance:“The Number You Have Reached”
28:58

5a. Using the Ryukyu, Minyo and Miyako Bushi Scales

29:50

5b. Building the Ryukyu Scale

30:19

5c. Building the Minyo Scale

30:40

5d. Building the Miyako Bushi Scale

30:59

5e. Ryukyu Scale in Fourth Movement

31:28

5f. Ryukyu Scale and Piano Chords 

31:37

5g. A Closer Look at the Three Scales

32:57

5h. Practice“The Number ”Progression 4 Bars Each Chord

33:37

5i. Practice“The Number ”Progression 2 Bars Each Chord

34:37

5j. Improvising on the Three Scales

35:22
6. Simplifying Improvisation Over a Fast Chord Progression
37:37

6a. Performance:“Bright One”

37:37

6b.“Bright One”Chord Progression

38:56

6c. Performance“Bright One”Continued

40:43

7. Composing for the Shakuhachi

43:20

7a. Performance:“Like the Wind”

44:39
Credits
48:24
Total Run Time
53.37

Learn more about
Bruce Huebner's Shakuhachi Video Lessons in English
KINKO SHAKUHACHI for BEGINNERS (Vol. 1)
KINKO SHAKUHACHI & JIUTA ENSEMBLE (Vol. 2)
KINKO SHAKUHACHI HONKYOKU (Vol. 3)

JAZZ SHAKUHACHI (Vol. 4)


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