Koto Sound Dictionary

Rokudan no shirabe

Rokudan no shirabe is a traditional koto piece composed by Yatsuhashi, Kengyoo (1614-1685). The composition consists of 6 sections, each with 52 beats. It was originally written for the koto, but has become popular to play also on the shamisen. Rokudan is often played as a duet with a second koto part (kaede) added in the 1920's.

Sound Examples
Section 1
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  Section 1 of Rokudan performed by Sachiko Deguchi. The tuning for Rokudan is Hira-choshi.