About the song:
Kokiriko Bushi is a very well known traditional Japanese folk song from Toyama Prefecture. As every folk song, it comes in countless variations. This version is written out for shamisen in bunkafu (tabulature) notation. It’s a basic simple version without lyrics, suited for beginners.
- Tuning: Niagari
- Techniques: Sukui (upstroke)
In every tuning, the strings are tuned in a certain relation to each other. For folk songs, there’s no fixed rigid tuning to a definite pitch (in contrast, the A-string on the violin is always tuned to 440 or 442hz) but what’s most important is how the strings are tuned in relation to each other.
A good rule of thumb is to tune your instrument over the base of C. This means, the big string will be tuned to C and the other strings according to the tuning of the song:
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