Shamisen Solo Performance by HISAO SUGINAKA(杉中久夫) @ Espacio Ronda of Madrid
The shamisen or samisen (三味線),
also called sangen (三絃), is a three-stringed,
Japanese musical instrument derived from the
Chinese instrument sanxian.
It is played with a plectrum called a bachi.
Shamisen is played and tuned according to genre.
The nomenclature of the nodes in an octave also
varies according to genre. In truth, there are myriad
styles of Shamisen across Japan, and tunings,
tonality and notation vary to some degree.
Three of the most commonly recognized tunings across
all genres are “honchoshi” (本調子), “ni agari” (二上がり),
and “san sagari” (三下がり).