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Scorebooks and Media

Check out these scorebooks and listen to some CDs! Our selection is limited, but quite awesome.

"Nitta Ryu - Scorebook 新田流譜面 (NIFM1)

Masahiro Nitta and Hiroshi Nitta (his father) have released their first scorebook using their signature Tsugaru Shamisen style, Nitta Ryu. This book includes traditional Tsugaru pieces as well as their original duets!
Includes: Explantation of Nitta Ryu. Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi (Nitta Ryu version), Dounan Kudoki, Jonkara Kyuu Bushi, Jonkara Shin Bushi, Aiya Bushi, Yosare Bushi, Ohara Bushi, Akita Nikata Bushi, Kizuna (duet), Kita no Hibiki (duet)

Price:
$55 USD

Oyama Ryu - Scorebook (Niagari) 小山流譜面二上り編 (OYFM1)

This book includes the following pieces from the Oyama School for Tsugaru Shamisen. All of the songs included are in ‘Niagari’ tuning.
Please note that the Scorebook is in Japanese.

1. Kuroishi Yosare Bushi (黒石よされ節);
2. Tsugaru Gannin Bushi (津軽がんにん節);
3. Tsugaru Jongara Kyu Bushi (津軽じょんがら節(旧節));
4. Tosa no Sunayama (十三の砂山); “Niagari Melody” (二上りメドレー),
5. Ringo Bushi (りんご節),
6. “Practice Piece” (練習曲)

Price:
$25 USD

Oyama Ryu - Scorebook (Hon Choushi) 小山流譜面本調子編 (OYFM2)

This book includes the following pieces from the Oyama School for Tsugaru Shamisen. All of the songs included are in ‘Hon Choushi’ tuning.
Please note that the Scorebook is in Japanese.

1. Senboku Nikata Bushi (仙北荷方節)
2. Akita Nikata Bushi (秋田荷方節)
3. Tsugaru Shiogama Jinku (津軽塩釜甚句)
4. Tsugaru Ohara Bushi (津軽小原節)
5. "Hon Choushi Melody " (本調子メドレー)

Price:
$25 USD

Oyama Ryu - Scorebook (San Sagari) 小山流譜面三下がり編 (OYFM3)

This book includes the following pieces from the Oyama School for Tsugaru Shamisen. All of the songs included are in ‘San Sagari’ tuning.
Please note that the Scorebook is in Japanese.

1. Ken Bayashi (剣囃子)
2. Yasaburo Bushi (弥三郎節)
3. Akita Tanto Bushi (秋田タント節)
4. Tsugaru Ondo (津軽音頭)
5. Tsugaru San Sagari (津軽三下り)
6. “San Sagari Melody” (三下りメドレー)

Price:
$25 USD

"Oyama Ryu - Scorebook Set メドレー集セット

This set includes the three Oyama Ryu Scorebooks (listed above), and an audio CD featuring recordings of all the pieces in the three scorebooks!

Price:
$99 USD

Oyama Ryu - Minyo Collection (Set) 津軽三味線小山貢民謡集SET

These are Oyama Ryu scorebooks/CDs for minyo (folk) songs, arranged for Tsugaru Shamisen. There are 13 volumes, but each volume is sold separately. Please select the volume you wish to purchase in the drop down box. Note that all volumes are written in Japanese.

This set includes the Book and CD for each volume of the “Oyama Ryu – Minyo Collection”. The book includes bunkafu scores for the pieces listed below. The CDs include the same pieces as in the books, in order to help the learner study and hear the authentic melody for the pieces.

Please view below to order the book and CD separately.

Volume One: 1. Tsugaru Jongara Kyu Bushi; 2. Tsugaru Aiya Bushi; 3. Kase no Yakko Odori; 4. Shiogama Ohara Bushi; 5. Yasaburo Bushi; 6. Tsugaru Gannin Bushi; 7. Honjo Oiwake; 8. Akita Ameuri Uta; 9. Akita Ondo; 10. Kubota Bushi; 11. Akita Jinku; 12. Donpan Bushi; 13. Donan Natto Bushi

Volume Two: 1. Tsugaru Ohara Bushi; 2. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi (Kaite – Alternate part); 3. Tosa no Sunayama (Niagari tuning); 4. Tsugaru Jinku (Dodarebachi); 5. Tanabu Oshimako Bushi; 6. Torajousama; 7. Akita Daiko Kumai; 8. Akita Taue Uta; 9. Usuhiki Uta; 10. Chouja no Yama; 11. Seichou Obonai Bushi; 12. Sotoyama Bushi

Volume Three: 1. Tsugaru Jongara Shin Bushi; 2. Kuroishi Yosare Bushi; 3. Ajigasawa Jinku; 4. Akita Nikata Bushi; 5. Noshiro funakata-bushi; 6. Tsugaru Kazoe Uta; 7. Hideko Bushi; 8. Hachiro Bushi; 9. Kenbayashi; 10. Defune Ondo

Volume Four: 1. Tsugaru Jongara Naka Bushi; 2. Tsugaru Ondo; 3. Tsugaru Bayashi; 4. Waiha Bushi; 5. Nanbu Tawaratsumi Uta; 6. Akita Funakata Bushi; 7. Senboku Nikata Bushi; 8. Akita Obako; 9. Kesen Zaka (Honchoushi); 10 Kesen Zaka (Niagari)

Volume Five: 1. Tsugaru San Sagari; 2. Akita Ohara Bushi; 3. Akita Omeuri Uta; 4. Akita Motosuri Uta; 5. Nanbu Sakaya Motosuri Uta; 6. Dounan Kudoki; 7. Kase no Yakko Odori; 8. Nanbu Yoshare; 9. Obonaibushi

Volume Six: 1. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi (Dance Version); 2. Tsugaru Tanto Bushi; 3. Tosa no Sunayama (hon choushi); 4. Ringo Bushi; 5. Naohai Bushi; 6. Nanbu Nikata Bushi; 7. Akita Ningyou Jinku; 8. Oyama Ko Sanri; 9. Senboku Oyama Ko; 10. Hokkai Tara Tsuri Uta; 11. Nigoe Age Ondo; 12. Fune Kogi Nagashi Uta; 13. Hokkai Kanahoriri Uta; 14. Hanagasa Ondo

Volume Seven: 1. Tsugaru Yosare Bushi; 2. Tsugaru Ohara Bushi (Dance Version); 3. Kou Bushi; 4. Tsugaru Taue Uta; 5. Hokkai Yosare Bushi; 6. Isohama Bon Uta; 7. Hagoe Ondo; 8. Kiyo Bushi; 9. Sakaya Shikomi Uta; 10 Akita Shinaiuchi Uta; 11. Ane Komosa; 12. Sawauchi Jinku

Volume Eight: 1. Tsugaru Aiya Bushi; 2. Goshogawara Jinku; 3. Tsugaru Obako; 4. Nanbu Chaya Bushi; 5. Okosa Bushi; 6. Sakata Funakata Bushi; 7. Yamagata Daiko Kumai; 8. Hokkai Yagura Kogi Uta; 9. Hokkai Bon Uta; 10. Oki Iwai Ondo

Volume Nine: 1. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi (Kyokubiki); 2. Tsugaru Jongara Shin Bushi; 3. Kuroishi Jongara Bushi; 4. Tsugaru Bon Uta; 5. Noto Mugiya Bushi; 6. Mugiya Bushi; 7. Ecchu Owara Bushi; 8. Iwaki Jigatame Uta; 9. Soma Bon Uta; 10. Kawachi Ondo

Volume Ten: 1. Rokudan; 2. Tsugaru Jinku (Ver. 2); 3. Akita Ohara Bushi (Ver. 2); 3. Akita Tanto Bushi; 4. Akita Minato no Uta; 5. Ajigasawa Jinku (Ver. 2); 6. Hobashira Okoshi Ondo (Niagari); 7. Hobashira Okoshi Ondo (Hon choushi); 8. Tosa no Sunayama (Alternate Version); 9. Hane Zawa Bushi; 10. Soran Bushi

Volume Eleven: 1. Tsugaru Shamisen Kyokubiki; 2. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi; 3. Nanbu Umakata Sansagari; 4. Nanbu Daikoku Mai; 5. Nanbu Tawaratsumi Uta (Ver. 2); 6. Kesen Zaka (Ver. 2); 7. Sotogahama Ondo; 8. Yosare Tairyo Bushi; 9. Seicho Dodosai Bushi; 10. Sawauchi Sansa Bon Odori

Volume Twelve: 1. Gaina; 2. Tsugaru Aiya Bushi; 3. Tsugaru Ohara Bushi (Dance Version #2); 4. Tsugaru Jongara Naka Bushi (Ver. 2); 5. Tsugaru Jinku (One tone up); 6. Tsugaru Bayashi; 7. Nanbu Tonko Bushi (Tonkayo-Bushi); 8. Shonai Obako; 9. Tairyou Taikomi; 10. Mamurogawa Ondo

Volume Thirteen: 1. Tsugaru San Sagari; 2. Tsugaru Jongara Shin Bushi (Vocal Version #3); 3. Tsugaru Tanto Bushi; 4. Shin Tanto Bushi; 5. Nanbu Iso Bushi; 6. Agarashare; 7. Sansa Shigure (Hon Choushi); 8. Sansa Shigure (Niagari) 9. Kuroda Bushi (Niagari); 10. kuroda bushi (San Sagari)

Price:
$65 USD
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Oyama Ryu - Minyo Collection (Books) 津軽三味線小山貢民謡集

This are the same Oyama Ryu scorebooks as the Set above, but sold separately from the CD. Like the set, there are 13 volumes, but each volume is sold separately.

Please select the volume you wish to purchase in the drop down box. Note that all volumes are written in Japanese.

Price:
$30 USD
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Oyama Ryu - Minyo Collection (CDs) 津軽三味線小山貢民謡集CD

This are the same Oyama Ryu CDs as the Set above, but sold separately from the book. Like the set, there are 13 volumes, but each volume is sold separately.

Please select the volume you wish to purchase in the drop down box. Note that all volumes are in Japanese.

Price:
$42 USD
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Japanese DNA Masahiro Nitta

I have made my 11th album – returning to my roots, I expressed both the tradition and evolution of the shamisen in my solos. As for traditional minyo, most pieces are very long, so I made shorter arrangements (2~3 minute songs) to make unfamiliar pieces enjoyable. Incorporating the traditional melody line with the original Nitta style, these pieces are made fresh, but still give a nostalgic feeling. I want to ensure that the charm of these traditional pieces and the tone of the tsugaru shamisen lives on in this age and continues to the next generation. ~ Nitta Masahiro.
Price:
$27 USD

Karma Oyama X Nitta

This unique CD features Masahiro Nitta and Yutaka Oyama, two of the most talented shamisen players. This album could be defined as modern shamisen music, but unlike other shamisen fusion albums, the only instruments on this album are tsugaru shamisen. Nitta and Oyama make the music from their two shamisen as full as any ensemble. This album shows that a new tradition of shamisen is emerging for the world to enjoy. If you want to taste of a new direction in shamisen in it’s purest form, this is it. – Kyle

Price:
$34 USD

Tsugaru Shamisen Chikuzan Takahashi

Track Listing:
1. Tosa no Sunayama (十三の砂山)
2. Tsugaru Shamisen Kumikyoku (津軽三味線組曲)
3. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi (kyuu) (津軽じょんがら節(旧節))
4. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi (naka) (津軽じょんがら節(中節))
5. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi (shin) (津軽じょんがら節(新節))
6. Tsugaru San Sagari (津軽三下り)
7. Toyama Bushi (外山節)
8. Tsugaru Ondo (津軽音頭)
9. Tsugaru Aiya Bushi (津軽あいや節)
10. Tsugaru Shiogama Jinku(津軽塩釜甚句)
11. Tsugaru Yosare Bushi (kyuu) (津軽よされ節(旧節))
12. Tsugaru Yosare Bushi (shin) (津軽よされ節(新節))
13. Tsugaru Ohara Bushi (津軽小原節)
14. Tsugaru Wahai Bushi (津軽ワイハ節)
15. Tsugaru Iwaki Tozan Bayashi (津軽岩木登山ばやし)
16. Tsugaru Jinku (津軽甚句)
17. Ajigasawa Jinku (鯵ケ沢甚句)
18. Oshimako Bushi (お島コ節)
19. Yasaburo Bushi (弥三郎節)
20. Ringo Bushi (りんご節)

Price:
$34 USD

Overdrive オーバードライブ

Recently retitled as “Three String Samurai,” this entertaining film features Masahiro & Hiroshi Nitta, Shinichi Kinoshita, and a double-neck shamisen! In all honesty, it’s a little cheezy but still a fun story. If you are interested in shamisen, it’s a must-see. Then again, any film featuring shamisen is a must-see, in my opinion!

Click here to read a review and watch a trailer of Overdrive.
Price:
$68 USD