Take a deep breath...
Tuesday’s lesson was on Hifumi Hachigaeshi. We covered the first eight lines of the score that Michael gave me.
The “backstory” of this piece is that “hifumi” is an archaic way of saying “one two three”, hence I was confused by the “一二三” in the title and section title. It turns out that the piece may have been two separate pieces originally, though now it is treated as a single piece. The “hifumi” refers to the piece being elementary, while the “hachi” refers to the begging bowl of komuso monks, with “gaeshi” referring to how they would place the bowl when or after begging.
A few things to take note of:
Okay, there are more things to take note of than just these, but I have to review my video recording… which I forgot to start until towards the end of the lesson.
Oh well. My next lesson will be on 29 July!
Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto/koto and Kaoru Kakizakai/shakuhachi play Haru no Umi
Nothing to do with the current pieces that I am learning, but my attention was drawn to this performance via the Hidden Legacy: Japanese Performing Arts in WW II Internment Camps Facebook group.
More Horai today. Michael walked me through it again, and considering that I lack practice, it was pretty good.
Working on higher air speed appears to be key at this juncture. I already know what to do from previous lessons, reinforced in this lesson, so I just need to practice.
After working through Horai, Michael introduced me to the start of Hifumi Hachigaeshi. The piece appears to involve an interesting technique called スリ whereby a note is played with a variation in that one’s finger would hover over the repeat hole shortly before completing the note. By playing the previous note in the same pitch because it is one before in the basic note progression but played in 大メリ, there is a kind of a curious sound bending effect.
I shied away from Kurokami today. Instead, Michael introduced me to Horai, a honkyoku piece, good for practice of note shaping.
Speaking of note shaping, Michael demonstrated how I should be mindful of the sound in the flute:
My next lesson shall be on 17 June!