Learn to Play the Shakuhachi : Melodies from Studio Ghibli
What you'll learn
- Learn to play popular songs from Studio Ghibli
- Learn to better your playing of the Shakuhachi
- Learn the techniques of Yuri/ Vibrato and Meri notes
- Get better at reading music for the Shakuhachi
- You should be able to read the Shakuhachi notes or western notation. An understanding of the basic techniques of the instrument to be able to follow the course. Be able to play to some extend the Meri and Yuri. You will learn and practice these techniques and learn to better the techniques.
Learn with Marco Lienhard, who has been teaching and performing internationally for over 35 years. We will, through our courses, teach you to play the Shakuhachi and better yourself. Make sure to record yourself and listen carefully to your sound and listen to where you can improve your playing.
Better your Shakuhachi playing as you learn new and fun melodies. You will learn a few songs from Studio Ghibli during this course. You will work on the pitch, meri, yuri/ vibrato, and end of phrases. You should be able to read the music to follow the course. It is best to learn to play playing songs that you are familiar with, it will help you hear your pitch.
Make sure to practice each section over and over before moving to the next lesson. Once you are familiar with the song, you can play your own interpretation of the music and have fun with it.
Make sure to use a 1.8 Shakuhachi ( D) to follow the course, also make sure your flute is correctly tuned!
We also offer 1 on 1 and workshops for those who would like some guidance.
I recommend taking lessons here and there to make sure you are not building bad habits. Sometimes it is hard to tell what might be wrong, so for that, a teacher will be able to help you out. The main part also of course is the instrument. there are many Shakuhachi out there and be careful in choosing your instrument. I see a lot of flutes that look very nice but are quite out of tune and I would not call them Shakuhachi.
We can help you with some guidance if in doubt.
Who this course is for:
- You will learn to get better at playing the Shakuhachi, while learning to play fun and popular songs. this is especially designed for fans of the Shakuhachi and Studio Ghibli music.
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.