For shakuhachi players just starting to learn, I use a number of exercises, plus some Japanese folksongs, etc, all in Chikuho notation. This notation differs from the most common shakuhachi notation systems (Kinko and Tozan notation),

Though I have used Kinko notation for decades and am quite comfortable reading Tozan notation (the first system I learned when I began the shakuhachi in 1971), I continue to begin students on Chikuho notation.

I’ve just added the recordings of and notation for 35 exercises and 15 or so Japanese folksongs, lullabies, etc, to the MEMBERS area.


This newly added material can be used by beginners, and also by anyone who would like to learn Chikuho notation, as taught to me by Chikuho Sakai II.

I’ve also added to the MEMBERS area, an exhaustive list of all symbols used in the scores of 80+ Chikuho honkyoku that I learned from Chikuho II. I compiled this list as part of my MA thesis (1986).

BTW, once you learn one shakuhachi notation system, you can very easily learn another (Kinko, etc). Like languages, learning a second or third notation system unlocks new horizons, and can enrich your shakuhachi playing in general. All of my student can read at least two system.