Every now and then I’ll post a small section of honkyoku (1). My guess is that breaking honkyoku down into bite size parts may help some at the beginning of this journey… or not. This is an experiment, after all! After I’ve finished all the segments, I’ll record the whole piece. Naturally, I eagerly welcome all constructive criticism, as long as it doesn’t suggest I play ‘better’. ?
Play it by ear?
Maybe presenting honkyoku this way will facilitate a play-by-ear approach. Playing by ear is truly the way to go, at least with ‘normal’ music I’ve found. Alas, I’m not musically talented enough to accomplish that with honkyoku, but I expect plenty of you are. Considering the nature of honkyoku, I’m not sure how important that is either… I’ll leave that for you to decide.