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SHINOBUE

"Shino-Bue" is a flute-family aerophone. As it's made of "Shino" Bamboo, it's called "Shino-Bue"(Bue means a flute in Japanese).
"Shine" Bamboo is cut, then drilled seven holes and a mouth-hole. Its structure is so simple that everyone can make it easily. We usually use 10 kinds of Shino-Bues (each one has different length), in order to play in several keys.
It is as if a player of authentic French horn which doesn't have valves (or of clarinet in general stuation), changes a main tube of the instrument or instrument itself depending on the key of the music, Shinobue player are also used to change his/her instruments if there is enough time in the music.

Following figures(staffs) note the name and tone-ranges of each Shino-Bue's. We often note in staff with "8" figure on G-clef, or treat as the staff for piccolo (sounding pitch is octave higher than noted).
In following figures(staffs), "black-notes" is difficult to play. We recommend that "black-notes" tones are not used. We play "half-tones" which is not noted in following staff, with a finger on the half of a hole. So, It is difficult to play fast phrase with many "half-tones".

3-bon (in G)


4-Hon (in A-flat)


5-Hon (in A)


6-Hon(in B-flat)


7-Hon (in B)


8-Hon (in C)



9-Hon (in D-flat)


10-Hon (in D)


11-Hon (in E-flat)


12-Hon (in E)

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