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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]

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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]

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The Minyo Collection

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

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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]

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All Star Shamisen Experience (Video)

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

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ShamiCamp: California (A Look Back)

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

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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Can Left Handers Play Shamisen?

By Kyle Abbott. Since establishing Bachido in 2011, one common yet specific question I receive is, “Can I play shamisen as a left-hander, or is right-handed the only way?”. Let's find out! [read more]

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Shamisen: A Mindful Activity

By Kristine Conley. Starting later in life with little musical background, Kristi transformed her life by starting the shamisen! Read more and learn how you can too! [read more]

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Concept of Flavors

By Kyle Abbott. Recently, one of our shamisen students noticed that Adrian and I always begin solos far from the koma (bridge), starting with a quiet sound. He wondered why we do that? Let's find out why! [read more]

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