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]


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]


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]


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]


Hajiki - Consisent Tone

By Kyle Abbott. Executing hajiki (pull-off) with our ring finger can accidentally turn it into a hammer-on. Why? Let's find out! [read more]


ShamiCamp: California (2016)

By Kyle Abbott. Everything you need to know for attending ShamiCamp: California! [read more]


ShamiCamp: Tokyo (2015)

By Kyle Abbott. Check out pictures from our first ShamiCamp! [read more]


Review of Kuboki Juuichirou's Tsugaru Shamisen Famous Songs Compilation

By Shmoolik Kalabasa. I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on this shamisen textbook I brought over from Japan, as I've been sucked into it and have been using it for about 2 months now... [read more]


The Tsugaru-jamisen: Its Origins, Construction, and Music

By Gerry McGoldrick. Gerry McGoldrick wrote his 2005 Master's thesis on Tsugaru shamisen. It's quite detailed. [read more]


Embracing Embarrassment - Part 2

By Kevin Kmetz. Part 2 of 2 of Kevin's foray into playing “super cheesy new Jpop music.” [read more]


Embracing Embarrassment - Part 1

By Kevin Kmetz. “Within seconds I found myself assaulted by the most obnoxious Jpop music I think I had ever heard in my life. Good Lord! What have I gotten myself into?” [read more]


Shaping Your Bachi Handle

By Kyle Abbott. To safely execute solid bachi technique, you should have a bachi that fits your hand comfortably without struggle. This might mean you have to make some modifications... [read more]

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Episode 100:

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International shamisen attack! To appropriately celebrate the 100th episode of the Bachido Blogcast, we take a look at Team Bachido descending upon on the Tsugaru Shamisen Sekai Taikai in Hirosaki to take first place! As Kevin said, "If anything in the history of Bachido has truly been blogworthy, this is it!" Check it out! Watch.
Aki Takahashi and I perform a rendition of the traditional Japanese folk song Kokoriko Bushi on Tsugaru Shamisen and California Mandolin! Watch.

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