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#1 2009-11-11 15:20:56

baka-kenshi
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Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

Greetings All,

Shakuhachi Senpai is an Open Source flash card application for the purposes of memorizing Kari notes, and increasing the time that it takes to recognize them.
It currently displays (low register: ro, tsu, re, chi, ri) randomly on a interval of your choosing -- in seconds. I plan on expanding Shakuhachi Senpai
further as I continue to learn more about the shakuhachi, and hopefully as I become more proficient at playing it.
Shakuhachi Senpai is written in Java so you must have java installed in order to run it --if you don't have java just google "Java install",
the first link should lead you to Java's general installation page (Note: If you have OS X Java is installed by default).

To run the program just download it and double click on it where you saved it.

How to use Shakuhachi Senpai:
+ Start the program, by double clicking on it.
+ Select the Romanji display option ( If you don't know Katakana leaving this on might be usefull, usually I turn it off ).
+ Select how you would like to have the finger diagram displayed.
    -- There are 3 options:
        - Show
        - Show between slides
        - Hide
+ Enter the interval (in seconds) in which each slide (i.e. note) will be shown.
+ Play along with each note displayed.

Here are some screen captures:
This is what the program looks like when you first start it
http://cess.nyu.edu/aruff/picture1.png

This is what the program looks like when:
- Romanji is NOT displayed
- finger diagrams are always to be displayed ( as opposed to never showing them, or showing them in between slides)
- slides are displayed on two second intervals
http://cess.nyu.edu/aruff/picture2.png

This is what the program looks like when:
- Romanji is displayed
- finger diagrams are always to be displayed ( as opposed to never showing them, or showing them in between slides)
- slides are displayed on two second intervals
http://cess.nyu.edu/aruff/picture3.png

The latest version of Shakuhachi Senpai can be found at:
ShakuhachiSenpai-0.3

New Feature:
- You can now turn off/on Romanji
- Improved selection method

Older Version:
ShakuhachiSenpai-0.2
ShakuhachiSenpai-0.1

I look forward to your feedback, and if you have any questions feel free to email me via
this forum. I plan on releasing the source code once I have cleaned it up a bit.

Sincerely,
Anwar

Last edited by baka-kenshi (2009-11-20 17:56:08)

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#2 2009-11-11 16:15:29

Tairaku 太楽
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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

That's nifty Anwar, thanks for posting it.


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#3 2009-11-11 18:18:56

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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

Tairaku wrote:

That's nifty Anwar, thanks for posting it.

Interesting idea, Anwar, and it runs well on my Mac, for the record, right out of the box.

The thing that occurs to me in using this is that it makes a bit more sense–in learning notation–to map the kanji you see to what your hands are doing rather than to what your eye is seeing, since that is what ultimately needs to be accomplished. Plus, how hard is it to memorize 5 things?

Shucks, even I am able to do that. smile

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#4 2009-11-11 18:32:30

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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

edosan wrote:

Plus, how hard is it to memorize 5 things?

Almost impossible for people who can't memorize 4 things.


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#5 2009-11-11 18:33:47

Tairaku 太楽
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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

Chris Moran wrote:

Almost impossible for people who can't memorize 4 things.

Then even bass players can probably handle it.


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#6 2009-11-11 19:06:38

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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

[obnoxious stickler]

Apologies in advance for being a know-it-all and a nitpicker...but those notations are kana, not kanji. Katakana to be precise.


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#7 2009-11-11 21:30:33

baka-kenshi
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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

I appreciate all the feedback so far.

Indeed I meant to say Katakana as opposed to Kanji -- probably a freudian slip on my part. At the moment the application is very basic. I intend on incorporating otsu (low register), ko (low register), meri notes, and possibly an option for disabling romanji. So although this version is limited it should grow over time as I hope my ability to play the Shakuhachi will.

That being said, this program is probably best suited for an absolute beginner, such as myself, and in particular a beginner with no prior musical training.

Essentially I sit in front of my computer (mac) and play each note that is displayed. This allows me to map notes-katakana-sound at the same time, so when I see
ロ ideally I will think "ro" and have some intuition for what ro -- or what my ro -- sounds like.

Cheers,
Anwar

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#8 2009-11-11 22:03:25

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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

Upon further contemplation, the script does seem useful if the pause at each page
is set long enough for the player to GET their fingers into position to and play the note.

Then, you can just keep shortening the pause until you become Yamamoto Hozan smile

Now...about the accompanying audio track..........

Last edited by edosan (2009-11-11 22:04:00)


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#9 2009-11-12 06:24:16

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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

An audio track would be great so you could hear what a tsu meri is supposed to sound like or something like that. good idea.


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#10 2009-11-13 10:18:09

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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

I have added a new feature to Shakuhachi Senpai, the description and link to which I have added to my original post.

The latest version is now 0.2. I plan on officially releasing this as an Open Source project (i.e. free as air) next week.

Perhaps at the end of the month I will add the low and high octave notes including meri's -- fingers crossed.
In regards to purehappiness request, I put your audio track request on my Shakuhachi Senpai wish list smile

Best Wishes,
Anwar

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#11 2009-11-13 11:29:10

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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

Then you could have a sensei to show you what your pitch should sound like. smile You could call it virtual sensei. smile It would probably have to be a collaborative effort until you could get the proper pitches yourself.

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#12 2009-11-13 12:19:53

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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

purehappiness wrote:

Then you could have a sensei to show you what your pitch should sound like. smile You could call it virtual sensei. smile

How about "Flash Card Horst?"

Great work Anwar!

http://www.mujitsu.com/images/horstflash

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#13 2009-11-13 13:42:25

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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

Fantastic! I should add a yodel Easter egg.

Anwar

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#14 2009-11-20 17:50:08

baka-kenshi
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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

Greetings All,

I have added a new feature to Shakuhachi Senpai, the description and link to which I have added to my original post.

The latest version is ShakuhachiSenpai-0.3.

Romanji can now be enabled/disabled. I have also made changes to the selection method so that it takes one less step to select display options.
I will add more notes including high/low octaves at the beginning of Dec, if I am not still suffering from a Thanksgiving comatose.

Cheers,
Anwar

Last edited by baka-kenshi (2009-11-20 17:58:24)

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#15 2009-11-20 18:20:34

edosan
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Re: Shakuhachi Senpai (A simple application for memorizing Kari notes)

That's developing into a nice little package, Anwar. I also particularly like the 'About'  smile


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