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Tsugaru Jinku

  • tabulature notation
  • advanced beginner level
  • honchōshi tuning
  • hazunde rhythm
  • direct download



About the song:

Tsugaru Jinku is a very popular traditional Japanese folk song from Aomori Prefecture. As every folk song, it comes in countless variations. This version is written out for shamisen in bunkafu (tabulature) notation. This version is without lyrics and is suited for advanced beginners. The little 4300-phrases used as ornamentations throughout the piece are a great way to slowly get used to this essential building block of Tsugaru Shamisen music. This song is written in hazunde (shuffle/swing) which emphasizes its lively character. Add maebachi-technique to fully bring out the dynamic of this typical Tsugaru Minyo piece.

  • Tuning: Honchōshi
  • Techniques: sukui, hajiki, tsuretara, maebachi

Note: The gray dotted line indicates the beginning of the verse. A second pdf is provided with colored markings indicating maebachi.



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:

Honchōshi: C-F-C

Niagari: C-G-C

Sansagari: C-F-Bb


Access to the pdf:

Please note that this item is downloadable once only – just as receiving a physical copy of the scores would be. Consider it a “direct delivery” 🙂

After the purchase, you can download the file from your account page under “downloads” or via the link in your order confirmation email.

Make sure you save your file in an easy to locate directory. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via email if you need further assistance.