I've been studying this beautiful and ancient instrument for over ten years now and was given a master’s license (shihan) to teach in 2008 by Sensei Stan “Kakudo” Richardson. In 2007 and 2012, I spent some time in Japan, performing and gaining new insight into this amazing instrument.
Each lesson lasts an hour, in traditional seated position (seiza) or in a chair if this position is uncomfortable for you. You also have the option of recording your lesson to aid your musical development. Instruments are available for loan during class and I can help you find an affordable instrument if you don’t already own one.
Some of the things we will explore in your lessons:
Become part of a thriving shakuhachi community here in DFW, including yearly workshops with Stan Kakudo Richardson, Yodo Kurahashi II, and other great masters of the shakuhachi!
Not in the DFW area or unable to drive to class? No problem! I now offer Skype lessons on shakuhachi.
If you're ready to begin your journey with this magnificently unique instrument, please contact me here!
Jon and Riley Lee performing at the Dallas Center for Spiritual Living
An end-blown bamboo flute, the shakuhachi only has five holes but is capable of producing all twelve tones of the chromatic scale in two full octaves. Subtle finger and head movements create different pitches that can be enhanced with a variety of breath techniques for dramatic effects. In the hands of a skilled player, the shakuhachi can become the voice of nature; mimicking everything from the shrill cries of male deer in the mating season to the murmurings of a quiet brook in springtime.
If you're interested in learning to play the shakuhachi or would like to hire me to perform, please visit the contact page.
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