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One of my American friend asked me by seen my friend craftsman’s post. Yes he is a crafts man of BACHI (traditional J-mallet). “What’s the differences of BACHI for Shamisen and BACHI for drums?” I couldn’t come up with the good answer so, I asked to my Shamisen player friend, who when to South America together as a group member of WA-League. Kindly he answered me with full definitions so, here are the answers!

——————————–☆tsugaru_shamisen_nobuto_yamanaka バチについて説明致します。
I am going to explain the differences of BACHI.

One kind is the BACHI to play plucked string instrument.And it’s Kanji will looks like this.

taiko_bachi_hibikitoenThe other kind of BACHI is for the drum type of instrument. And it’s Kanji is different like this.

Speaking about the type ①, there are several different types of BACHI .
Small sized BACHI made by ivory is used for Nagauta-shamisen.
Big sized BACHI made by ivory is used for Jiuta-jamisen.
Thick BACHI made by ivory for Gidaiyu-shamisen.
Small BACHI made by tortoiseshell for Tsugaru-jamisen and Roukyoku-jamisen.
And Kouta-jamisen doesn’t use BACHI but play it by strumming.

元々三味線の撥は琵琶の銀杏の形をした黄楊撥から影響を受けて現在の形になっております。 結論は「撥弦楽器を奏でる撥」ではと。
And this shape of BACHI originally came from another hystorical instrument BIWA’s BACHI. There for, the BACHI① is a pick made for the plucked string instrument and it is a completely different thing from the ② BACHI for drum.
とっても勉強になりましたm(_ _ )m 山中先生ありがとうございます。それでは最後に…シメの映像です。江戸時代からの歴史を受け継ぐバチ職人であり、アーティストでもある岩田さんの地球を叩くパフォーマンスをご覧下さいませ。
Thank you very much, Mr. Nobuto Yamanaka. And additionally I’d like to share this interesting performance by the craftsman Mr.Keiji Iwata, that carries his family business since Edo era. Tradition and art… creating new as well as keeping the important heritage. What a CULTURE!!! 

another interesting video – all sorts of J-traditional mallets!!


  • 11/08/2013, 12:41 AM  返信

    Great info! Will you be teaching this on your radio show?

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