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This is me playing the Shamisen at Mt. Osorezan, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. 2005. The Shamisen is the banjo's fretless, 3 string Japanese cousin, which I studied for about 5 years. Sorry the quality is so bad.

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Comment by Tim Twiss on August 6, 2012 at 10:05pm
Now THAT'S what I call a thimble.
Comment by Genford Brewington on August 7, 2012 at 9:01am
Yep, Tim, the bachi (Japanese for plectrum) is about the size of a small spatula-HUGE! One thing I noticed when I started playing banjo is that the hand position for clawhammer/stroke style is almost identical to the hand position for holding bachi. (thumb out, fingers curved around). Also, a lot of the left hand techniques are the same-pull offs, hammer ons, slides, etc.
Comment by Strumelia on August 7, 2012 at 11:29am

Genford, you rule !   


I just LOVE the texture sound of the shamisen...like crisp parchment and whispering bamboo leaves...ok maybe that's just in my brain.   ;D

Comment by Phil on August 7, 2012 at 5:59pm

Love the setting you where in. I knew there was something familiar about the two.


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