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- The nail like piece used to play the sanshin.
- The square-like wooden body of the sanshin.
- Strings used with the sanshin.
- A round threaded piece placed at the end of the sanshin to the hold the gen to the sanshin.
- Pegs used to tune the sanshin.
- The long piece of wood that makes up the neck of the sanshin.
- The decorative cloth that’s wrapped around the body of the of the sanshin.
- The bridge used to hole up the strings on the drum.
- The sanshin’s tuning.
- Music sheets used for the sanshin.
- Literally translated as “Female string,” it’s the thinnest and highest pitched string on the sanshin.
- “Middle string.”
- The “head” part of the sanshin.
- The bar below box-like cutout in the head of the sanshin where the gen are set.
- Literally translated as “male string,” it’s the thickest and lowest sounding string on the sanshin.
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Called KUN KUN SHI
You can Find Some Here
In Japanese, traditional sentences are written vertically from right to left; kunkunshi are also written in that order. So when you read a kunkunshi, you want start at the top right and work your way down, and then move from right to left.
You should also notice that the kunkunshi is made up of squares, and for your basic songs, one note will take up one square. One square equals one beat, so remember to play the notes at a faster beat whenever you see two notes in one square, or three notes across two squares.
||The circle means to “rest,” usually for one beat.
||This marks the start of a repeated section. (Repeat starting here.)
||This marks the end of a repeated section. (Return to the down-pointing arrow after this note.)
|*note: Similar to the arrows, there are sometimes extending circle markers to show where to start and stop playing from.
||This apostrophe-like mark above a note means to press down on a note w/o strumming. Sort of like hammering a note on a guitar.
||Usually notes are played by striking the bachi down on the string, but for these notes you play striking up.
||These small circles mark where the singing begins.
||The squares mark where the singing ends.
|*note: The circle and square are used in two different ways. Sometimes they only mark where the singing starts and ends, and other times they mark each phrase of the song.