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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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.

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After a great concert with Sacramento Taiko Dan, I had the pleasure of rocking the studio with Aki Takahashi of Ten Ten Canada, creating the first Bachido + Ten Ten Canada Superalbum! (working title) Unfortunately, the ongoing cold knocked our voices out a bit, but didn't stop us from recording scratch tracks (the initial base melody track for assembling instrument/vocal tracks on). Watch.
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