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#1 2009-12-02 14:26:58

sahar
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Walking & Shakuhachi

Hi guys,

I walk about 6-10 miles a a day and was wondering if anyone has any experience with walking and playing the Shakuhachi? I'm guessing that in old times, as people were walking from one place to another, much practice was going on as they were travelling, say in a forest.

Your thoughts on the subject?

Best,

Sahar

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#2 2009-12-03 07:50:13

nyokai
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Re: Walking & Shakuhachi

Sure, it's a great practice, I do it all the time (though unfortunately I don't walk 6-10 miles a day).

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#3 2009-12-03 09:13:45

purehappiness
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Re: Walking & Shakuhachi

I do it when letting the dogs walk around outside. Its great except when you walk on uneven ground. That kind of messing up your playing.


I was not conscious whether I was riding on the wind or the wind was riding on me.

Lieh-tzu

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#4 2009-12-03 11:02:52

Lorka
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Re: Walking & Shakuhachi

Here is a fun little game to try...

Slowly walk around your house, playing shakuhachi.  Try long tones.  Eventually you will find the acoustical sweet spots in the house.  There always seems to be at least one area where the sound pops out for you.  Sometimes (as in the case of my fathers old house) you will only find one spot, where only one note jumps out. For some reason I cannot even begin to explain any of this, I seem to have the best luck when using the note Chi. 

But yeah, walking and playing is good stuff, especially for those of us who sit hunched over the computer screen for hours at a time.


Gravity is the root of grace

~ Lao Tzu~

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#5 2009-12-03 15:10:43

Tairaku 太楽
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Re: Walking & Shakuhachi

Steve Lacy recommended practicing scales walking, one note per step. Of course that was on sax.

You have to be careful if you play while walking because you can easily mess up your teeth and mouth that way.

There are a few pieces (I think "Sogei no kyoku" is mentioned as one) which are supposed to be "walking meditation" pieces.


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#6 2009-12-03 16:50:40

edosan
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From: Salt Lake City
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Re: Walking & Shakuhachi

Tairaku wrote:

You have to be careful if you play while walking because you can easily mess up your teeth and mouth that way.

You mean, like, when you walk into stuff?     smile


Zen is not easy.
It takes effort to attain nothingness.
And then what do you have?
Bupkes.

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#7 2009-12-03 17:04:30

Karmajampa
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Re: Walking & Shakuhachi

Another good reason to wear a 'Tangai'.

K


Kia Kaha !

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#8 2009-12-04 09:16:54

purehappiness
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From: Connecticut USA
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Re: Walking & Shakuhachi

edosan wrote:

Tairaku wrote:

You have to be careful if you play while walking because you can easily mess up your teeth and mouth that way.

You mean, like, when you walk into stuff?     smile

Then you become one with the stuff smile


I was not conscious whether I was riding on the wind or the wind was riding on me.

Lieh-tzu

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