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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In this episode, we explore a bit of the shamisen construction process - the Sao/Tenjin joint and Itomaki making. Watch.
Today, Kakejiku expert Ryosuke Ueda (shippodo.net) and myself (Kyle Abbott, Bachido.com) went to the 2013 Japan Expo in Santa Clara. Twas the first animecon I had ever been too. Thus, had never seen so many tights before in my life. Watch.
While I try to install a cheap pickup in my shamisen, Kevin wakes up from his chordless nightmare to teach us how to make pleasing harmonies with our shamisen. Watch.

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