Japanese Vocabulary: «Music»
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Hi Japanese learners!
In this lesson, you will learn some vocabulary and expressions related to music in Japanese.
Good learning! :D
Generalities[edit | edit source]
Music is considered as the universal language that everybody can speak and understand.
Culture, influences, location bring differences but there are not a barrel to share. The emotion can be feel the same no matter who you are, let's your sensibility guides you.
Constitutive elements[edit | edit source]
Depending where you are on the planet Earth, the manner to note the music is not the same everywhere. Althought japanese use european system, there is also a "local" system.
The following table will show some kinds of notation.
* The difference between England and germany is the using of B or H to express the note "SI"
This is the base. But there are some other elements, like mods.
In France, England and Germany each squale has at least 2 mods.
C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C (major)
The ratio is : tone, tone, half-tone, tone, tone, tone, half-tone
C - D - Eb - F - G - A - Bb - C (minor)
The ration is : tone, half-tone, tone, tone, half-tone, tone, tone.
As you can, see there are seven notes is these mods.
But japanese music has 5-note mods.
The most famous are the following.
tone, half-tone, major third, half-tone, major third.
C - Db - F - Gb - Bb - C
half-tone, major third, tone, half-tone, major-third
C - D - Eb - G - Ab - C
The most famous traditional song (Sakura Sakura) is written in this last mod.
WARNING : This is a a transcription in C squale, but the mods can be moved in each other squale
* b added to a not means flat (moll in german)
Instruments[edit | edit source]
The main instruments in japanese traditional music are :
Koto : a kind of horizontal harp
Shamisen : looks like a 3 strings banjo.
Shakuhachi : Long reed-pipe.
"Sakura Sakura" is played by Koto.
Videos[edit | edit source]
Another song with koto. Made by the polyglot music group "Pink Martini"
Photos[edit | edit source]
Last year, in 2016 I've been to "Cite Universitaire Internationale de Paris" on the Music Day (June 21st). At "Maison du Japon" a Koto concert was held by a japanese artist. Here are few files taken by myself.
This is the score of a piece.
The Koto player and her instrument.