Rare Kyushu Madaké Bamboo
two radically different approaches used in making shakuhachi.
The most common incorporates a highly-articulated bore that is
fabricated inside the bamboo, meticulously shaped and carefully
fine tuned by hand. This approach is exemplified by Tai Hei Shakuhachi's precision
cast bore technology.
other way to make shakuhachi leaves the interior of the instrument
as natural as possible while still working the resonance points
in order to have the instrument play as well as possible. This
style of shakuhachi is called called Jinashikan. ("Ji"
refers to the filler used in the precision bore flutes. "Nashi"
translates as "absence of". "Kan" means "tube"
or "flute".) Jinashikan are very difficult to produce
and crafted in Japan by only a few makers. The natural hand-shaped
bore of these instruments gives the maker much more control over
tonal quality and other acoustical aspects of the sound produced.
players like the aesthetic of the more natural jinashikan because
they have a unique timbre or tone color some feel reflects the
true spirit of bamboo and mood of shakuhachi honkyoku. The tone
of jinashikan is somewhat darker and more mellow than the brighter
precision bore flutes. If made properly, however, these flutes
exhibit a very open and remarkably resonant envelope of sound.
have recently made a significant breakthrough with jinashikan.
These chokan or long shakuhachi range in size from 2.1' to 3.0'
While they are made completely of bamboo and have a natural bore,
I have meticulously worked out resonances for all of the notes,
so they have a full strong sound and can take all the air one
can give. Jinashi shakuhachi are made from uncut pieces of madaké
and tuned to the bamboo itself rather than western standards
of pitch. As a result, they are strictly solo instruments most
appropriate for playing honkyoku, the "original" zen
music for shakuhachi.
is available for Jinashi Shakuhachi.
are also available on special order in Kinko-ryu and Tozan-ryu
styles as well as in right or left hand models.
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On-Line Videos of a 2.8' Jinashi Shakuhachi
played by Jolyon Pyne of Bedford, England
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