How to Tune the Shamisen

By Kyle Abbott. When Kyle says, "Tune your shamisen to the key of C.", how do you know when your shamisen is actually in the key of C? Read on to find out! [read more]


Bachido Chats: Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos

By Kyle Abbott. Earlier this year, I met up with Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos - A master shakuhachi player who started taking on the shamisen with great dedication and passion! [read more]


Learn a Shamisen Solo from Kubo!

By Kyle Abbott. Learn Kevin's solo arrangement from Kubo and the Two Strings! [read more]


Kubo and the Two Strings

By Kyle Abbott. Did you know an amazing stop-motion animation movie is being made about a shamisen-wielding champ? Read more to find out! [read more]


ShamiCamp: Berlin (A Look Back)

By Kyle Abbott. In June 2016, Bachido teamed up with the passionate shamisen enthusiasts of 'Shamisen Berlin e.V' to bring ShamiCamp to Berlin! [read more]


The Minyo Collection

By Kyle Abbott. We have a wonderful new resource here at Bachido! Look inside and find out! [read more]


Scale and Chord Charts

By Denver Norwood. This blog post is intended to provide my fellow players with chord charts and scales for the Tsugaru shamisen. [read more]


All Star Shamisen Experience (Video)

By Kyle Abbott. Check out footage from the April 17th All Star Shamisen Experience concert! [read more]


ShamiCamp: California (A Look Back)

By Kyle Abbott. Check out pictures and video from ShamiCamp: California (2016)! [read more]


ShamiCamp: Berlin (2016)

By Kyle Abbott. Bachido members of the EU, we are coming to you! Bachido has teamed with "Shamisen Berlin e.V." and together we're bringing ShamiCamp to Germany!! [read more]


Son of a Bachi Gomu

By Dave Perkins. Bachido member Dave Perkins shares some pro tips for making custom Bachi Gomu, as well as a cool trick for slipping on the rubber gomu! (Rubber Bachi Gomu are Infamous for being incredibly difficult and frustrating to stretch on the bachi) [read more]


Studio Chats: Eien Hunter-Ishikawa

By Kyle Abbott. After his intense taiko teaching tour, taiko/fue/percussionist extraordinaire and fellow coffee-roasting connoisseur Eien Hunter-Ishikawa visited Bachido HQ! [read more]


Vintage Tone

By Kyle Abbott. Recently, huge shifts have been occurring in the shamisen manufacturing society as the use of a certain traditional material is unable to continue. With this shakeup in the shamisen world, a new skin has come forth! [read more]


Make Your Own Kamigoma!

By Kyle Abbott. If you have acquired an old shamisen, there's a chance it's missing the kamigoma. This often occurs because the old glue (bonding the kamigoma to the wood) has disintegrated and the strip of metal easily falls off. Let's learn how to make our own! [read more]


Perks of Posture

By Kyle Abbott. What do you need to level up your tone and abilities? Perhaps a new flexible bachi, or a freshly reskinned dou? How about something free and immediately implementable? Read more to find out! [read more]

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Random Blogcasts

As we saw in the previous blogcast, both Aki Takahashi and myself (as well as almost all of the members of the taiko group we played with) got struck down by the flu. At last, we recovered and could go out for a little busking! Watch.
On a bright and early May 3rd, we head out to the fabled and mountainous region of Tsugaru! (Hirosaki specifically) Watch.
After checking into the ryokan, Team Bachido heads off to enjoy drinks at DanDan, a local sakaba (drink-based restaurant place, like a bar but classier) featuring live tsugaru shamisen. Watch.

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