吹禅 – New season, new steps

 

New ground…

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Sensei reminded me that this month is in fact when I started classes with him. I was thinking it was last month, but I guess that is when we first met , but classes started this month. It is set in my mind now that Sakura season was the start of my Shakuhachi journey.
 
I am starting on a new piece now. Finally something. Can sink my teeth into so to speak, something of interest. I do not know of this came about because of my reaching this stage or my interest in Zen and having said something about the Komuso or a combination. Anyway, I am finally starting a Honkyoku piece, Sanya Segagaki. I am delighted! I still have much to learn, but now it feels like I am actually making headway. One thing this means is a really need to crack down on my reading Japanese notation, not western. This also will open new vistas of music.
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I have spoken some with my Zen Sensei and was told some things about breathing and meditation that the Shakuhachi will help with developing. There was even some scientific reasons behind what the breath does and how it helps with meditation. So yeah things are getting interesting. I was also told by my Zen Sensei that her, abbot at one time tried to learn Shakuhachi, but quit do to the difficulty. That is interesting considering how hard it is to learn and practice some of the meditation techniques.
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It will be a long time still before I can play shakuhachi with anyone other than myself as a solo performance. I have not yet gotten the control of pitch needed to play with others, and be in tune. This is difficult and a challenge. I told sensei how I figured out how to do it, ( be in tune sort of) he said it was cheating. At my level it is sort of ok, if I need to do it, but it is cheating! Well not an issue right now. I figure it will be another year before i am ready to play in any kind of public setting with the Shakuhachi, at least for sure with another player of any type. Solo I can pull off. 
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The Shakuhachi is a long winding path, like Kyudo! Also like Kyudo the more I have control of myself, the better I will be at playing/shooting. Speaking of Kyudo, yeah i have decided, to wait until Autumn for the next Shinsa, there is no reason to rush, other than submitting to my ego.
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