Tuning. Important. Those are the only two words needed. Basically, if your shamisen isn’t in tune, anything you play will sound funny (and not “haha” funny). There is no greater pleasure than a finely tuned instrument… besides deep-fried butter.
Pitch Pipe 調子笛
Wanting to tune your shamisen to a specific pitch? The hougaku pitch pipe emits a clear pitch for every tone from A to G. Those who have been using tuning forks, your knee will thank you!
Electronic Tuner 和楽器チューナー
Simply the greatest invention of the 21st century, besides the iWrench. Attach the tuner to the shamisen, strike a string, and the tuner will show you exactly where the pitch of the string is.