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384 shakuhachi

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bamboo; L. 54.0cm
fingerholes: front 4, back 1
range: 2 1/2 oct.

An end-blown flute made from a thick root segment of bamboo. Held vertically. By changing the angle of the blowing hole, microtonal pitch changes and a variety of timbres are produced. Used as a solo instrument in classical Japanese music as well as various ensemble styles and for folk song accompaniment.

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