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Fingering Chart of Shinobue

May 30, 2019

Fingering Chart of Shinobue

Shinobue is a Japanese bamboo flute, which has about 3 octaves. it's easy to remember the finger position for the lower 2 octaves sounds (ryo-on & kan-on). Also, we explain the fingering chart for the highest pitch (dai-kan-on) here. Take it easy. Please learn numbered notation and finger position to play shinobue bit by bit.

 

  1. Tsutsune 

  2. Ryo-on 

  3. Kan-on 

  4. Daikan-on 

  5. Learning Tools 

 

In this post, we explain the fingering chart for shinobue (uta type, 7 zholes).

Types of Shinobue

What is uta type? See also this article. 

Types of Shinobue

*If you play 6 holes shinobue, please ignore finger hole of 1 (a farthest hole from a blow hole). 

 Shinobue Fingering Hole Number

1. Tsutune

Tsutsune

Lowest pitch is called tsutsune. It sounds by closing all finger holes. It's hard to make sound and hardly played while playing shinobue. It's ok to just remember the name. 

2. Ryo-on

Ryo-on, Lower Octave of Shinobue

Lower octave is called ryo-on. Ryo-on is relatively easy to make sound than other octave. Remember that where to place fingers for ryo-on and kan-on. The numbered notation for ryo-on is written in Japanese character (kanji). On the other hand, the numbered notation for kan-on is written in Arabic numerals. 

Japanese Kanji and Arabic Numerals

3. Kan-on

Kan-on, Higher Octave of Shinobue

1 octave higher than ryo-on is called kan-on. Finger position for kan-on is same as ryo-on. However, making kan-on sounds is a bit difficult than ryo-on. Player needs to get a good embouchure for kan-on. 

4. Daikan-on

Dai Kan-on

1 octave higher than kan-on is called daikan-on (or daikan). It's hard to make sounds of it and finger position is different from ryo-on and kan-on. However, it's worth trying because the sharp and high pitch sound of daikan is one of the features of shinobue. Numbered notation is written in Arabic numerals but black circle is written above each number. 

5. Learning Tools

Download shinobue fingering chart below for your practice. 

 

If you want to try playing songs with shinobue, we sell various learning staff. Please take a look at the following dvd and books as well. 

Kano's Let's Play Shinobue (DVD)
Kano Yasukazu Let's Play Shinobue

Learn To Play The Shinobue (Book)
Learning to Play the Shinobue

Starter pack for beginners is also available. 

Shinobue Starter Pack
Shinobue Starter Pack

Shinobue Learning More Pieces Pack
Shinobue Learning More Pieces Pack

Shinobue Starter Pack (English ver.)
Shinobue Starter Pack English

 

Related Articles

Types of Shinobue

Do you know types of shinobue? See also this article. 

Types of Shinobue 


Embouchure and Finger Placement of Shinobue

Want to know embouchure and finger placement? See also this article. 

Embouchure and Finger Placement of Shinobue 




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