So i've been wanting to get a shamisen for a while now. I bought Kyle's book and started making my own, but unfortunately my busy life has kept me from working on it. Recently, I purchased a Shamisen on ebay that had a torn skin; I figured it would be easier to just fix a broken one than making one from scratch. Well it arrived today and the first thing I notice was how thin the sao was. It is only 2.3 cm wide, whereas in Kyle's book it says the sao should be 3.5cm. So, did I buy a children's shamisen?
my training instrument is actually a kojami chintone (kind of a small shamisen - just like ukulele vs. guitar). the neck is quite thin here, too. with the small distance between the strings i can't play part three of the sakura lesson here at bachido … or am i just too clumsy?
“As an aside, the seller description is so much fluff and nonsense. That shamisen would never sell for 200,000 yen in Japan.”
hahaha, did it say that?
yes I agree, that is a 100% naguta style shamisen. altho older naguta shamisen necks tended to be thinner, vice versa “more comfort to playing traditional music.