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Traditional geisha music

Traditional Music Of The Japanese Geisha, an album by Hideo Osaka Ensemble on Spotify. Kouta are short songs which are usually accompanied by shamisen, which is a traditional Japanese musical instrument resembling a guitar. Ever wondered why traditional Japanese music always sounds so morose and wistful, dripping with melancholy? It is because only minor 3rds. Shamisen used for traditional genres of Japanese music, such as jiuta, kouta, and nagauta, adhere to very strict standards. Purists of these genres demand that the shamisens be made of the correct wood, the correct skin, and are played with the correct bachi. There is little room for variation. Geisha still study traditional instruments: the shamisen, shakuhachi, and drums, as well as learn games, traditional songs, calligraphy, Japanese traditional dances (in the nihonbuyō style), tea ceremony, literature, and poetry. Aug 26,  · Ever wondered why traditional Japanese music always sounds so morose and wistful, dripping with melancholy? It is because only minor 3rds and 6ths are used; majors have the opposite effect and sound vivaciously brighter and livelier. A geisha practices the style of short song, kouta 小唄 since her maiko days, taking years to master it.
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