Ringo Bushi (The Apple Song) is a well known folk song from the snowy region of Northern Japan. It has a minor, melancholy feeling which is characteristic of classic Japanese folk songs. What’s more, it is also one of my favorites!
In Part One, we learn the simplified melody without use of special techniques. This is suited best for beginners who are wanting to learn more songs while still getting comfortable with the shamisen.
In Part Two, we kick it up a notch by learning the full version including all the special techniques. The section is best for players who are already comfortable playing melodies and feel ready to add techniques like upstrokes and such.
In Part Three, the emphises moves to adding dynamics and personal feeling to the piece. To help spark your creative side, I offer example of how to play with the timing, volume and speed to add life and color to the song. This section is ideal for those completely comfortable with playing the piece with techniques at full speed, and are ready to take it to the next level.
Finally, I demonstrate Ringo Bushi with dynamics preferences.
Adventure starts now!