this instrument is rather large and has 13 strings. It resembles a
guitar, but it rests on a pillow. It is often used in Bunraku and
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history of the koto: http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/%7Enp5y-hruc/kt-what.html
1. What was the Koto first used for?
2. Compare this instrument to a
guitar. Can you find three ways in which they are different and/or
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play the koto:
3. What is the difference between
the Yamada tsume and the Ikuta tsume?
To listen to the koto, click on any of the
links labeled with music notes.
Next, let's listen to some other Japanese
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1. In Kabuki, the actors often shout
out words. This is called kakegoe. Listen to each
sound. Try to pronounce them yourself.
2. After the sounds, there are
different instruments. Listen to them. Can you tell the
differences in the sounds they make?
3. There are numerous drums that are
used in Japanese music. Explain why you think this is necessary.