Chicago Rock – the June Session
The evening after the unexpected Jam in the afternoon was the Band’s scheduled Chicago Rock monthly gig. That night we were expecting to have a guest sit in. Someone we met at a club in Kobe, were the band originally hooked up. This guy is a Harmonica player from Australia. Nice guy, very friendly and a good player. He arrived shortly after we set in. I don’t think we even had time to play a song before he arrived, so we did a frist warmup tune with him.
Unlike the last guy we had sit-in we knew he could play well. I expected to lay back with my own harmonica playing since he was there. I would focus just on sing and playing Bass.
A day in the life…the musical…prt 2
Not really second, more like continuing thoughts on the Shinsa, lessons learned as it were. We did that at the last company, where I worked as a Graphic designer. I miss doing that work, and the income.. When that job ended, it was the beginning of a long downhill slide. But that then, this is now and another topic. Digression over.
It was nice to take this Shinsa at my old dojo. It was small for the amount of people, but more intimate. Also it is left foot entry not right foot like Sakai . I really dislike that. It was pleasant from time to time to recall moments; here is where I first got dressed, here with Sensei, this is the tea room, so many people here now…So now that is over my next shot is in Sept. However, with the failing of my Sempai although still hitting, puts me somewhat in a wonder on what to work on refining. Certainly I need to hit but what is the mystery element they are looking at. One Sempai said, before she thought she would not pass because her hand opened. Really something as small as that will be one’s down fall?! I would like to ask some of the higher ups, but my Japanese is not good enough to understand the answer.
The Return to Banpacku
One older master did the opening shinsa. He missed both shots, but looked smooth doing it. Besides struggling with his kimono and needing a lot of help. Then there was a line up of five masters, out of five only two hit both shots. One of these Sensei I had seen shoot before. He has some kind of nerve sickness that cause him to shake massively when shooting. He hit both shots! Sugoi! That was really impressive! I had seen him shoot twice before, but never hit both shots!
My FB friend was there with her Dojo testing for Shodan. It sure seems like from what I hear the test here for the locals are harder than national test given in the states. It is not a given to make Shodan, and “Kyu” are given to adults as well.
Anywho, I was a bit concerned about my written test, I tend to be short winded in my descriptions, correct, just not. very wordy. I finished among the first. I believe I really was the first, I just held back until I saw a couple of others turn in their paper. That done with it was time to chill. I had planned on spending the waiting time studying for the paper test, but that was done first…oh well. Even if it was wrongly answered. It was not completely wrong, but I did not expect to pass the shooting part anyway, making the written test moot.
Out of my four Sempai testing, only one did not hit with both arrows. I was very pleased for them. The woman, who practiced for 11 yrs, was in tears, she had hits. We all milled about I gave congrats where due, all were reserved and said hmmmm, not yet, no posting. One other Sempai said, hmmmm, I was no good, I opened my hand during yogare, that is not good! I said, that is small stuff! Congrats! Omedetou!
Weds Kyudo Workshop, WKW for short – June
After several more rounds, some improvement but never got my mojo working. sigh oh well 😦
After Zen one chops wood and carries water.
Blowing Zen – May
I tried an experiment the other day. It was raining it is quite peaceful to listen to it. Having spent most of the day working on my garden projects, now with the rain and doing my homework practice on the shakuhachi I was feeling quite in the Zen space. I tried playing some basic programmed cord changes on the keyboard then jamming along with myself playing the Shakuhachi. It was bad, there was the potential for something awesome. However not yet, the tone are off, I figured out I could do some basic fills and the like. The problem everything had to be played sharp or flat, not easy.The finger work is not simple, add that to making a smooth sound is major challenge. I figured out later in the next home session I can adjust the Sound also by my aperture. not easy but doable, perhaps more so. That comparison is for another time.