Kamigata Shamisen is Japan's Most Traditional Style of Shamisen

通信教育

One-on-one Shamisen Correspondence Training

Indiaさん(アメリカ在住)

私は四年ほど前に初めてインターネットで三味線を聴きました。三味線の音はすごくきれいでユニークだと思って、感動しました。その時からずっと「私も弾けるようになりたいなぁ」と思いました。三年間くらいかかりましたが、やっと三味線の先生と出会いました。三味線をはじめてから、先生と三味線のおかげでたくさんのよい体験ができて、いい思い出もたくさん作りました。三味線は楽しいし、音楽もいいし、歌うこともできます。三味線を始めて本当によかったと思います。それに、三味線だけではなく、三味線をきっかけに舞踊や落語や、日本の伝統的な芸術も経験できました。
「三味線は難しそう」と思われているかもしれませんが、やる気と興味があったら、だれでも弾けるようになれると思います。そのあと、三味線の音楽の不囲気は欧米の音楽と違って、音楽に興味を持つ人にとって三味線は非常におもしろいと思います。
三味線を始めた時、私は普通のお稽古に行きましたが、帰国したため今は通信教育で三味線を続けています。この方法でも三味線を学べますよ。アメリカに帰っても続けたいくらい三味線が好きです。私は二年間の留学の中で三味線は最高の体験でした。日本文化に興味がある人に三味線はぜひおすすめです。 (2012年7月)

I first heard shamisen about four years ago. It was such a unique sound that I immediately fell in love with it. I thought "I have to learn to play this myself!" It took me years to finally find a teacher, but once I did I was very glad I had persevered. Learning to play shamisen has been and continues to be an amazing experience. Through it I have come in contact with many parts of traditional Japanese culture that today relatively few people have the opportunity to experience (Japanese and foreigner alike), and have come to deeply appreciate the beauty of traditional Japanese music.
Through shamisen I have also been introduced to other wonderful traditional Japanese arts such as Buyou (Japanese traditional dance) and rakugo, both of which are performed to shamisen music. It is a beautiful and unique instrument that is immensely fun to play. While not easy, I believe that anyone, with practice, can learn this instrument. For those that are already interested in music, shamisen is an exciting departure from Western music in both notation and sound.
I started out taking lessons in person, but since I returned to the United States I have continued studying through long distance training, and have found that with a good teacher it is also perfectly possible to learn from afar. I would strongly recommend shamisen to anyone with an interest in music and Japanese culture. Out of all the experiences I had in Japan during my two years there, shamisen has by far had the deepest effect on my understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture, and was one of my favorite parts of living in Kyoto.