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]


The Nature of Tsugaru Jongara bushi

By Kevin Kmetz. ...for those of you who wish to dive into the heart of Tsuagru Shamisen, a deeper understanding of the nature of Aomori prefecture will produce a tremendous increase in joy, excitement and insight as you pursue the development of your own Jongara bushi... [read more]


How I Met Masahiro Nitta - Part 1

By Kevin Kmetz. “I tried my best not to sound awkward but began to imagine I might be failing.” [read more]


Repairing a Chipped Bachi

By Kyle Abbott. Oh no, your bachi chipped! Fortunately, it's very easy to repair, taking less than 5~10 minutes to do so. Here's how. [read more]


Planet Earth Shamisen: "Introducing Kevin" & "Observing Tsugaru"

By Kevin Kmetz. When I was 14 years old I became aware of a fascinating musical art form called Tsugaru Shamisen. Growing up as a foreigner in Japan... [read more]

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The wait is up and the teaser-ing is over! Enjoy Bachido's favorite shamisen beverage today! Watch.
Very special episode today! Interview with local shamisen enthusiast Carlo Chung, and testing the sound quality of various koma! Watch.
In early March, Masahiro Nitta came to Santa Cruz, thanks to the generous powers of Shirley Muramoto and Chieko Yoshikawa who provided him with concerts to play at. This also provided a great opportunity to get Nitta san in the Bachido Studio to create some fun and educational shamisen courses! Watch.

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