from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Japanese musical instrument resembling a lute, having a very long neck and three strings played with a plectrum.
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- n. A kind of three-stringed Japanese fretless lute
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- n. a Japanese stringed instrument resembling a banjo with a long neck and three strings and a fretted fingerboard and a rectangular soundbox; played with a plectrum
I'm posing with a snakeskin shamisen, but it's all for show!
Her husband had played the snakeskin shamisen, called the sanshin in Okinawan.
The shamisen is a smaller three-stringed instrument that is played like a viola.
Hahn-Powell says he had no aptitude for the rhythm required of taiko, but the shamisen was another instrument entirely.
Men take off their jackets behind a folding screen set up as a partition and step into the room to the accompaniment of a rhythm of '' shamisen '' three-stringed musical instrument played by geisha.
But as Sayuri says in the novel, you have to look at how well they play the shamisen, and how much they know about tea ceremony, before you determine whether they ought properly to call themselves geisha.
The shamisen is usually played with a single string, or by plucking an open string for a droning effect while the melody's picked our on one of the other strings, so hearing the fuller chords and harmony notes from these two instruments was a cool experience.
The shamisen usually is heard playing traditional Japanese folk songs, and as accompaniment for kabuki and bunraku theater.
Kmetz is flashier and likes to play fast runs up and down the fretless neck of the shamisen.
He persevered on his own, when he came back to the states and learned shamisen well enough to compete and become the first-ever gaijin to win the top award at Tsugaru Shaimsen competitions in 2005.
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