Everything you need to know about the Shamisen!

Styles of Shamisen

First, let’s learn about the three main sizes of shamisen and a few of the many styles associated with them. Note: The shamisen styles explained below are commonly used with a particular neck size, but please know that the styles don’t necessarily require specific sizes. For example, shamisen for [...]

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Can Left Handers Play Shamisen?

Since establishing Bachido in 2011, one common yet specific question I receive is, “Can I play shamisen as a left-hander, or is right-handed the only way?”. Before I answer that question, I’d like to give my feelings about the general principle. Bear with me. It won’t take long! [...]


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