How to make the Japanese Flute next


Yes! you can make it by yourself.

Click me to hear the Sound!!!

fuerui There are several kinds of traditional transverse flutes in Japan,
Shinobue, Ryuteki, Komabue, Kagurabue, Nohkan, and many kinds of local flutes.
These flutes were inherited for a long time through a lot of generations.

up next shinobue

Let's try making a Shinobue
and play it.

up next material materials tools

up next example of scale

This scale is a reference of '7-hon' Shinobue flute for 'Uta'.
Each bamboo material is different, respectivery.
Therefore this scale is only one sample.
The musical scale 0 : tone, called 'tsutsune' is about [A]:440Hz.

up next holes making the holes
Make one embouchure and seven finger holes.
First, bore the basic holes at the center of the mark with gimlet.
Next, shave the ellipse holes at a right angle.
Don't go against the direction of the bamboo's fiber.
Be careful not to be too strong. Do it gently.

up next painting painting

Paint inside the pipe with cinnabar "Japan".
The porpose of painting is to prevent splitting and to get a clear sound.
Substitute for 'Japan' : 'Kasyu' paint or industrial cinnabar. Paint 2 or 3 times.
Several days later, it will dry, and you can blow with upper cork-stopper.

up next calamus wind calamus

The porpose of winding the calamus is to prevent splitting and for decoration.
Shave about 0.5mm depth the bark of bamboo ,and wind calamus with glue.

fingering and description of score up next


Put your right hand on the flute and cover four holes with center(not top) of your right fingers, in right angle to the flute.
Put your left fingers on three holes on an angle to flute.
This numeral description of Shinobue score was worked out half-century before
The score consists of Japanese and European numerals. These numbers indicate the musical scale. Japanese numeral shows lower tone "Fukura", and Europeans shows higher tone "Seme".
The other clefs show length of tone.

up sakura sakura an ancient forksong

Almost all Japanese can sing a song 'Sakura'.
Let's play flute slowly.
"Sa-ku-ra, Sa-ku-ra, Ya-yo-i-no-so-ra-a-wa, Mi-wa-ta-su-ka-gi-i-ri..."

Read this vertical score from right side to left side.

Click this score to play the first phrase of Sakura

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