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Japanese Music

This is a msuic presentation about Japanese music, classic, modern and where it came from.

Zari Akul

on 9 December 2010

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Transcript of Japanese Music

Traditional Japanese music originated from Chinese music and it’s quite similar however the language is different so it developed quite differently. Traditional Japanese music has no specific beat but it’s usually clam and is most of the time improvised. Japanese music Traditional Japanese music There are different types of traditional Japanese music, they are:
Sokyoku The charachteristics that are common in traditional music: Usually tempo starts out slowly but then it quickens and returns to being slow again and has a lengthened ending.
Has irregualr chords
Some of the instruments came from China and Japanese music is influenced by Chinese music.
Generally it flows to try to get the feel of nature to it Here are two examples of it The Major traditional instruments: Koto Biwa Shakuhachi Shamisen Japanese pop which is often reffered to as Jpop that ha become part of the musical mainstream since the 1990s. Music started to change at around the 1960s when the people of Japan got inspired by the Western acts such as Beatles, Rolling Stones etc... . So a few people formed the first band called Group Sounds that put combined many genres together. This then evolved into Jpop and Japan's first rock genre. Thank you for watching! Gagaku - means "elegant music" and it's very ancient - has been played for over 1200years. It's on of the olderst type of Japanese traditional music. Gagaku is played at Shinto shrines, weddings and at the Imperial Court.
To perform gagaku using wind,string and percussion instruments is abosulotely essentual.
The most common instruments used to play gagaku are:
Ryuteki Biwagaku- there's not much information about it
but the instrument Biwa is used here. It's often played songs
about great Battles or heroic deeds. Nogaku -is medieval music. Nogaku is the music played during theatrical performances. The instruments used are chorus (human voices), the Hayashi flute, the Tsuzumi drum, and other instruments. Sokyoku - this type of traditional music is played with
Koto an instrument with 13 strings which are plucked. The
most commonly used instruments in Sokyoku are the Shamisen
and Shakuhachi. Shakuhachi - obviously played with the instrument Shakuhachi (a bamboo flute) This type of music is often played by Buddhist monks Minyou - these are folk songs Sanshin Hayashi flute Tsuzumi drum Shamisenongaku: Music played with the Shamisen, a sort of guitar with only three strings and a different shape. Also used in Kabuki and Bunraku (theatrical) performances. There are 3 main types of traditional instruments:
Wind instruments (usually invloving flutes)
Percussion instruments
Stringed instruments
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