An Eye for Detail

It does not require much to get a sound out of your instrument. But there are many additional options to improve your play and comfort and give your instrument an individual look.
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Positionmarkers

You can either locate the position along your neck one by one and mark them with individual position markers or use the quick’n’easy fujakustrip to fix all positions in one go.

Safe Grip

The beautiful curves of the shamisen’s dou make it hard to balance it on your thigh. That’s why players use a little rubber mat to either put on your thigh or stick directly to the dou. The loose version is called hizagomu and the adhesive kind goes by the name dougomu.

Splashes of Color

You can add colorful accents to your shamisen with the doukake that protects your dou and the neo knot that the strings are attached to at the lower end of your shamisen. It is always surprising how dramatically little details like these can change the look of your instrument.

Doukake

The doukake is the decorative protective cover that sits on top of your shamisen’s sound box to protect your instrument’s skin.

Doukake come in many fantastic designs. They also come in many different sizes. As shamisen are often adjusted to fit their player’s body, there are many different dou sizes. To estimate wether a doukake will fit, it’s a good idea to measure the dou’s long side and its height.

Taking measure

The dou’s height corresponds with the doukake’s width.
The dou’s length from corner to corner corresponds with the doukake’s length.

It’s not always easy to find a snugly fitting doukake for your instrument.

I do not recommend getting a too small doukake. It will probably slip around and will make playing less comfortable. If the doukake is just slightly too large, you can stuff it out with some rubbery fabric.

DOUKAKE

TSUGARU DOUKAKE

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MEDIUM AND SMALL DOUKAKE

Attaching the dougomu

Attaching the fujaku strip

How to wear the yubisuri