Although this is near the bottom, I consider the fujaku an essential item for all newcomers to shamisen. Basically, it is an adhesive strip showing all the position locations on the sao. In my opinion, it is the key component for being able to enjoy playing shamisen from the first day you pick it up. When you use a fujaku, you can start learning songs quickly by matching the numbers on shamisen tableture with the numbers on the fujaku. By knowing where the positions are, you can simultaneously build confidence and muscle memory at the same time!

Eventually, you’ll build enough muscle memory to the point where you can remove the fujaku and your hands will instinctively know where to go. Although a shamisen is absolutely playable without a fujaku, if you’re brand new to shamisen (or musical instruments in general), consider the fujaku to be at the top of this list.

Check out the Fujaku in the Bachido Store!