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Glossary

Ai-no-te合の手Music performed between vocal sections
AtariTo strike a finger hole
Ato-Uta後唄Ending vocal section
Chikuzen inchinyoThe bamboo and Zen are as one
Chirashi散らし or チラシClimax of section
Danmono段物Scored in Dans (sections) without vocals
DojikyokuChildren's song. Actually called "Dokyoku"
FuriA rapid meri/kari head dip.
Gaikyoku外曲Outside Music
GakufuMusical notation
HachigaeshiReturning the bowl.
HateA light kind of honkyoku. Played in the afternoon when free from strict discipline of religion.
HonteThe main body of a piece. A melodic development in higher register.
Ichi Ji Ichi RitsuOne temple, one piece
Ichion JobutsuTo reach enlightenment by the use of only one sound
Jiuta地歌 or 地唄Music originally composed for Shamisen
Kaede替手Secondary arangment of a piece
KanUpper register
KariカリBlow by putting the chin up, to raise the tone
Komi BukiBig breath
Kumiuta組歌Pieces for Koto license
Mae-Uta前唄Opening vocal section
MeriメリBlow by putting the chin down, to lower the tone
Miyakobushi scaleD, Ef, F, G, Af, C, D
MusubiTying up, concluding. Final section of a piece.
NagashiPlaying in the street
Naka-utaMiddle vocal section
NayashiTo begin pitch meri and rise to standard pitch
Otsu乙 or 呂Low register
Reibo鈴慕Yearning for the Bell
Sankyoku三曲Music with three instruments
Shaku30.30 cm
Shirabe調To check the sounds and move into the proper frame of mind before performing Honkyoku. Exploring / Investigating.
Sokyoku箏曲Music originally composed for Koto.
SugagakiThe term Sugagaki, when used in Shakuhachi music, simply means pieces which are unrelated to the Fuke legend. The term Sugagaki also refers to a technique used in solo Koto music without voice.
Sun3.03 cm
SuriSlide
Suri ageA slide upwards
Suri sageA slide downwards
TakaneSection of a honkyoku piece usually played in the upper octave, often containing the climax of the piece.
TakuhatsuPieces played by Komuso when begging.
TamaneFlutter tongue technique
Tegoto手事Musical Interlude
Tegotomono手事物Musical form with Tegoto
Utaguchi唄口The sharp blowing edge of the shakuhachi
YuriVibrato

The International Shakuhachi Society - 2017