Japan: Your Passport to a New World of Music

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Alfred Music Publishing, 2006 - Music - 47 pages
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To most of us, Japan is an exotic and faraway land. When we see images of Shinto shrines, pagodas, geishas, and Kabuki actors in face paint, our imaginations are immediately captured.

Now you can experience this rich and mysterious culture through its music. In addition to arrangements of classic folk tunes such as "Sakura" and "Edo Komori-uta," Guitar Atlas: Japan teaches about Japanese scales, modes, and tunings, and traditional instruments such as the shamisen, koto, shakuhachi. Learn guitar techniques to emulate the sounds of these exotic instruments. Discover the fascinating world of Kabuki music, including a style of shamisen playing called ozatsuma. The book also informs about the Bon odori, or bon dances, held during the summer festival of Bon.

This exciting introduction to the music of Japan offers new and interesting music to add to your repertoire, and teaches techniques, theory, and traditions that will enhance your playing and enrich your spirit. A CD demonstrating all examples and compositions is included.

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CHAPTER 3Traditional Scales and Modes
CHAPTER 4Folk Music Minyo
CHAPTER 5Classical Music of Okinawa
CHAPTER 6Shamisen Music of
CHAPTER 7Koto Music Sokyoku

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About the author (2006)

BURGESS SPEED is a professional educator and musician who has been associated with the Leroy Anderson Estate since 1998. For the past nine years he has taught music privately and in the classroom, and has performed with many notable artists, including legendary clarinetist David Krakauer.

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