おんがく 音楽. Music By: James, Marco, and Brandon. Traditional Instruments. こと . The traditional Japanese Koto is a long, stringed instrument. It is approximately 71 inches in length, and has 13 strings. Each string has one moveable bridge. The bridge moves to change the pitch one each string.
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By: James, Marco, and Brandon
The traditional Japanese Koto is a long, stringed instrument. It is approximately 71 inches in length, and has 13 strings. Each string has one moveable bridge. The bridge moves to change the pitch one each string.
Taiko means drum, or great, wide drum. The Taiko drum is often performed in a show about 5 to 25 minutes long. The performance can consist of slow, long drum beats to fast short rapid hits of the drum.
The Shamisen is a traditional Japanese instrument with three strings. The name literally means “three strings” as you can see the kanji for three in the title. The neck is very thin. The shape of the Shamisen resembles a banjo. The cover over the body of the shamisen is usually made of hides or plastics. A high quality Shamisen might use the hide of a cat. This is a video of a shamisen duel.
The Japanese Kokyuu is an instrument similar to the Shamisen, only a little bit smaller in size. The Kokyuu, generally has three strings, but sometimes four.
The Hichiriki is another Traditional Japanese instrument. Is resembles a flute, but is much harder to play. It is a double reed flute. It is considered sacred and is sometimes even played at shinto weddings, and gagaku performances.
Japanese Classic Rock, like J-pop, imitated western bands. Some bands were the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. A few Japanese groups were The Tempters, The Spiders, and The Tigers. The last three bands came together and formed a super-group called Pyg.
The Tempters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8WJkRPNgvI
ががく is traditional Japanese court music. It is performed in a group. The instrument used in a ががく performance are the ひちりき, しゃくはち, がくびわ, and かっこ. Dances are performed. ががく can almost be described as a small Japanese orchestra.