This section is for people who are interested in learning to play the shakuhachi, or who, like me, want to continue to learn, and learn from, the shakuhachi, even after decades of doing so.
The best way to learn the shakuhachi is with face-to-face, one-on-one lessons from a teacher.
I explain this statement in more detail here.
Previously, this meant that if you didn’t live near a shakuhachi teacher (still 99% of everyone), you had to rely on teach-yourself manuals. There are some good manuals around, in both Japanese and English. These manuals are better than trying to learn to play on your own, which at worse is like the blind leading the blind (you might be lucky) and at best like re-inventing the wheel (life is too short).
For those people who have internet, there are now two types of ‘face-to-face, one-on-one’ lessons, what I call ‘in person lessons’ and ‘internet lessons’. Needless to say, learning to play the shakuhachi under the guidance of a teacher who is in the same room and breathing the same air as you will nearly always be better than ‘internet lessons’, however fast your internet connection becomes.
But for the 99% of the people who don’t have teachers living near them, then internet lessons are great. An internet lesson with an experienced teacher could even better than an ‘in person’ lesson with one who doesn’t really know what is what.