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"Because of the religious origin of its music the sound of the bamboo flute leads the mind directly into spiritual thought.  Thus a single tone of the shakuhachi can sometimes bring one to the world of Nirvana."
Fumio Koizumi, ethonmusicologist


The lessons I offer Shakuhachi students forcuses on bringing mind, breath and sound together within one's being.
For some students I have them focus mainly on being open and fluid, letting precision and tonal accuracy come later.  While for others it is just the opposite, develop tonal accuracy first and work on flow later.  I look for how the student might be limiting their potential and to help them develop the skills that allows the sound and energy of Shakuhachi to flow more effortlessly and with greater range.
For my musical development I depend a great deal  on 'careful listening' to the master players, utilizing imitation, creative integration and musical cohesion through consistent practice.

But the key for any player in my opinion is to become one with their instrument and what naturally follows, oneness with the sound.


"The shakuhachi is an introvertish instrument. With a modicum of materials, the player can reap a harvest of quiet pleasures. In a crowded and busy world, such simple means of refined musical recreation and tranquilization are to be coveted by any culture. Perhaps this is one of the most important secret appeals of the shakuhachi today."
William P. Malm, Japanese Music and Musical Instruments

What I like to do is to infuse the practice environment with sounds from the shakuhachi that are not related to the practice session and in  this way give the student a deeper insight into what the instrument is capable of. 
My first spiritual teacher,
Saint John Coltrane

jiasenghe@gmail.com
708 972 3373