Tsugaru Shamisen comes from northern Japan and is considered a traditional Japanese instrument. Shamisen is used traditionally in Japan in Kabuki theater and by Geisha. Tsugaru Shamisen 津軽三味線 is a new style of Shamisen and can be used in modern styles such as Rock, hip hop, death metal, and American bluegrass . Artists like Kevin Kmetz are active in playing modern as well as classical music on the futozao Shamisen which is the size used in Tsugaru Shamisen 津軽三味線. To hear a variety of Shamisen covers search the word Shamisen with any of the following… Lady Gaga, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Metallica , King Diamond, Nicki Minaj, Rhianna, j.s. Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Ravel, Beethoven, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, TEMPURA KIDZ, Cider Cider, EMINEM, lil Wayne, Star Wars, Jero, Jennifer Batten, taiko, Yngwie Malmsteen, Devil of Shamisen, Mike Penny, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ, PONPONPON , Tsukematsukeru , fashion monster, Giri Giri safe, chan Chaka chan chan, cherry bonbon, kimi ni 100%, drinker, obsession, sweet dreams, estradasphere , secret chiefs 3, Fishtank ensemble, Fujii Reigen , jack Matsumoto, Invader invader, iron maiden, Deep Purple.