About the song:
Sakura is probably the most well-known song in japan. It’s a song about the beautiful cherry blossoms that have such a special place in the Japanese culture. This song has been adapted for every instrument one can think of. This version is written out for shamisen in bunkafu (tabulature) notation. This arrangement plays with variations of the main theme and is designed for advanced beginners. The emphasis on the two techniques sukui and oshibachi make it a great practice piece.
- Tuning: Niagari
- Techniques: hajiki (left-hand pluck), sukui (upstroke), oshibachi/suberi, double-string strums
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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