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Ryo Noda Improvisatin I

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So, I'm playing Improvisation I for a college audition, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to why I could find recordings and how to interpret some of the notation. I've looked around on line and can't find much other than it's based on Shakuhachi playing. All suggestions are welcome...
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You can hear snippits of Jamal Rossi and Arno Bornkamp playing Noda I here:

This piece is indeed supposed to mimic the phrasing and vibrato characteristics of the shakuhachi. A guide to some of the irregular notation should be provided in the music.

Since much of the piece is variable and unusual, try to find a recording in the library or listen to the samples and then be really specific about the parts that are still confusing. It will be easier to help you with specific sections in mind!

Edit: Just realized that those samples really don't do justice to some of the wild parts. The high C# with the Xs is indicating that you should put down other keys to change the timbre of the note (your right hand or the table keys, for instance.) The thickness of the Xs relates to the intensity -- as the contour grows, disturb the tone more.

The middle section, in which you see multiple C# grace notes, should be played fairly quickly. What the listener should hear the most is the contour of the notes you're gracing into: E E F E B A D D# E E F E B A etc.

Keep asking questions, many people on here have also played it and you'll get plenty of advice.
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I lip the A down and up the quarter tones, but making it sharper can be tricky -- if you need to, open your G# key to pop it up a bit more.
ZatSax said:
so, I've got a recording on the way....woohoo...but in the mean time, what does "japanese cutting tone" imply? Is it just a very short and hard attack?
You got it. Picture a samurai preparing for battle on this one, maybe.
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