This page contains links to notation and recordings for beginning shakuhachi players, and for all shakuhachi players who would like to learn Chikuho notation, as taught to me by Chikuho Sakai II.

With the following material, you can learn to play the shakuhachi and/or learn to read Chikuho notation. They are divided into three sections.

Section One has 10 very simple exercises. Section Two has 22 exercises, with the rhythm becoming progressively more difficult. Both Sections One and Two are all in the lower octave (*otsu*). If you can get the upper octave (*kan*), you may want to skip most of the exercises in Section Two and go straight to Section Three.

Section Three introduces the upper octave (*kan*). It gives you 4 exerecises and 17 simple Japanese songs. Section Three also has ‘your first honkyoku’, called *Three Times Three*. The scores of all of the exercises and songs (except for *Three Times Three*), as well as a fingering chart, can be downloaded below. *Three Times Three* should be learned ‘by ear’ – without notation.

These exercises and songs, and their recordings can be used to learn the shakuhachi. Even though I call them ‘beginners manual’, they are not meant to be a ‘teach-yourself’ manual. Rather, they were designed to be used in lessons with your teacher. Eventually, I’ll put a video clip on this page, better explaining these exercises and videos. Watch this space!

**PDF OF NOTATION FOR BEGINNERS, WITH CHIKUHO FINGERING CHART**

Listen to Riley’s recordings of the exercises and simple songs by clicking on to the given links. The mp3 file will appear in a new browser window. Neither the recordings nor the scores are for distribution or duplication.

- Beginners Exercises Section One Exercise 1
- Beginners Exercises Section One Exercise 2
- Beginners Exercises Section One Exercise 3
- Beginners Exercises Section One Exercise 4
- Beginners Exercises Section One Exercise 5
- Beginners Exercises Section One Exercise 6
- Beginners Exercises Section One Exercise 7
- Beginners Exercises Section One Exercise 8
- Beginners Exercises Section One Exercise 9
- Beginners Exercises Section One Exercise 10

Beginners Exercises Section Two.

- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 1
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 2
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 3
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 4
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 5
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 6
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 7
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 8
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 8, fast
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 9
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 10
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 11
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 12
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 13
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 14
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 15
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 16
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 17
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 18
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 19
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 20
- Beginners Exercises Section Two Exercise 21

Beginners Exercises Section Three.

- Beginners Exercises Section Three Exercise 1
- Beginners Exercises Section Three Exercise 2
- Beginners Exercises Section Three Exercise 3
- Beginners Exercises Section Three Exercise 4
- Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Haru ga Kita* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Kushimoto Bushi*(slow) - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Kushimoto Bushi*(fast) - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Kusatsu Bushi*(slow) - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Kusatsu Bushi*(fast) - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Sakura* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Kago no Tori* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Kôjô no Tsuki* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Kazoe Uta* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Kimi ga Yo* - Beginners Exercises Section Two
*Hotaru no Hikari* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Habu no Minato* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Komori Uta* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Etude* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Itsuki no Komori Uta* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Kiso Bushi* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Gion Kouta* - Beginners Exercises Section Three
*Three Times Three*