Learn to Play the Shakuhachi: Honkyoku 6- Sanya
What you'll learn
- Learn to play Honkoyku music
- Learn about techniques used in Honkyoku
- Better your playing, sound quality
- learn a new song: Sanya
- Have a flute- though we have great flutes for purchase
- Be able to play all the notes
- Intended for intermediate and up, but beginners can learn from it though the techniques are more complicated in this 6th segment of the course
- read the music notation for Shakuhachi
We will work on a more advanced piece for this course. Sanya-三谷 three valleys.
This song has many versions found in different schools. This is the one I learned from Katsuya Yokoyama in the DOkyoku repertoire from Watazumi-do.
It's a more melodic but very intricate piece.
Please also check our course that focuses on Honkyoku techniques. It is a shorter course but has a lot of information on the different technical passages found in Honkyoku.
This will be split into two lessons as it might get overwhelming. Make sure to work on one technique at a time and try not to do everything simultaneously, as it will quickly become overwhelming.
This course will help you get better at playing Honkoyku. Make sure to use a tuner available as an app to keep the flow of the Honkyoku. These songs need to be played for months until you memorize them and feel that they become part of you. It will get easier to understand the more you play each song. Phrasing, etc., will become clearer.
Sanya - means three valleys. The song has several peaks and valleys as a structure, so it will help you visualize the song and feel a story as you play it. It's important to keep the song's tension as you play it. Don't let that tension drop in the middle. It takes a lot of focus and concentration to play. Again, those songs were meant to be played to meditate, so use them the same way. Just get into the song and go deep into yourself to find your truth through the song.
Who this course is for:
- intermediate to advanced players
- Some beginners might be able to follow simple phrases and learn the techniques of the Honkoyku
Marco Lienhard is the director of East Winds, Inc. and the musical director and lead performer for Taikoza and East Winds Ensemble (1995-Present). Marco Lienhard lived and performed in Japan for 18 years (1981-1998) as a member of the legendary Taiko group Ondekoza under director Tagayasu Den (who instigated the renaissance of Taiko). In Ondekoza, he mastered the Taiko, the Shinobue, the Noh flute and he mastered the Shakuhachi under Katsuya Yokoyama. He ran over 9000 miles around the perimeter of the US from 1990-to 1993 while performing over 700 shows along the way.
Since 1981, Marco had toured and taught internationally. He has performed as a soloist with Taikoza and Ondekoza numerous times at Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Madison Square Garden, Tchaikovsky Hall, and International Performing Center in Moscow among others. He has been on the roster of 10 Young Audiences Chapters for the past 20 years. He has worked as well with Lincoln Institute, Symphony Space educational CAP program since 1995. With his knowledge of 7 languages, he has presented educational programs in several languages through South America, Europe, and Japan. He has presented school programs in Birmingham, AL thanks to an NEA grant. He has performed for the Wolftrap Institute as many other educational organizations nationally.
In 1995, Marco Lienhard was the critically acclaimed Shakuhachi soloist for the NYC Opera’s premiere of the Opera ''Kinkakuji'' and “Voyage X” with the Juilliard New Music Ensemble. He recorded music for the award-winning Nintendo Wii games: Red Steel 1 and 2. He has produced over ten award-nominated CDs for East Winds Ensemble and Taikoza (with over 10 million streams on Spotify).
He has published a bestseller book about learning the Shinobue and is working on other books and CDs.