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I have just read that Goro Yamaguchi lead shakuhachi tv lessons on japanese TV in 1982 called something like Shakuhachi no Okeiko. Has anyone seen these? Would someone bother to go to the tv archive and digitalize?
Hmm, I guess not, but anyway...
You are right; he did a series of lessons on education TV for one year from 1982. They were wildly popular, to the extent that the other shakuhachi teachers (I won't name names...) became jealous and pressured NHK to discontinue Yamaguchi because they thought he was getting too much favorable publicity. Anyway, I watched these religiously (since i was studying with him at the time). NHK also published a booklet to go along with the TV lessons, which I used as the basis for THE SHAKUHACHI, A MANUAL FOR LEARNING. For all I know, NHK doesn't keep an archival copies of its earlier programming, though Yamaguchi sensei did a video set of how to play the honkyoku a few years later.
My god if he gave those lessons and you could just turn on the television and watch them.....................Japan is incredible.
C'mon Chris, name some names! Who were the jealous competitors? I think I can guess.
The program's producer told me later who they were, but I think it best to wait until everyone concerned are peacefully ensconsed in their graves before I name any names...
I think they must have it stored(in the Czech Tv I believe they store since the late seventies,the latest). And with Japans andvanced technology... The basic clue to tell whether they did archived it or not is, whether the tv lessons were live or staged...
The way it is edited usually tells it all. Do you think it was staged?
I think they should definitely have it. I have tried to look up NHK archive(http://www.nhkint.or.jp) and send them an email. Hope they answer.
Last edited by marek (2007-09-25 04:31:05)
Watching someone like Yamaguchi Goro give lessons on tv would have been worthwhile. however, there was also a program in Japan where a Chopin specialist gave lessons to students on television for a while. It was very educational to see him reacting to the students needs on the fly. He was a good teacher too. I was shocked to see, on tv in the US, professional golf teachers teaching professional players. No matter what the subject, a good teacher is a good teacher. I love the fact that Tiger Woods, the best player in the world, has a golf coach. I try to think of this in the shakuhachi world and it does not compute.