Japanese Shakuhachi

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This Japanese end-blown flute is traditionally made of bamboo. The sound is made by blowing in the end of the flute. Hold the flute under your bottom lip and blow over the crescent cut at the top edge.

The name literally translates into “one point eight feet,” referring to its standard size. The five finger holes are tuned to a pentatonic scale. However, virtually any tone can be achieved by varying the blowing angle across the top of the instrument toward the notch, as well as by partially covering the finger holes.

The Shakuhachi has a very rich and interesting history, including being banned, as well as being used by Zen Buddhists for Meditation.

19-21" long, depending on the specified key. Made in India.

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