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Sat Dec 15, 2018, 12:54 PM

I lived in Japan for 10 years

Well, more accurately I was stationed in Japan for 10 years. That is more like living in a small American Town in the middle of Japan

Anyway, this time of year through the New Year's week there are specials on TV and performances in public areas for the holidays many featuring the Samisen, a 3 string Banjo. It is an incredibly bad ass instrument.

Here is a traditional arrangement


And here are some players taking on the Ventures' Surf Rock

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2018, 04:11 PM

1. That thing is WAY cool!!

Loved their cover of Wipe Out!!! Can you imagine a samisen used in a bluegrass song? Or the banjo duel from Deliverance??? What a hoot!!
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Response to The Polack MSgt (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2018, 06:03 PM

2. Also available with Taiko

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2018, 06:14 PM

3. Ok, last one - The Yoshida brothers are probably the closest

Thing tp superstars that traditional music has in Japan

This is their variation of Old School (like 800 years old school) mixed with some Rolling Stones riffs

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Sat Dec 15, 2018, 09:13 PM

4. That's some industrial sized finger pick they got there!!! nt

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