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mm stan
09-24-2016, 05:02 AM
Okinawa 3 string instrument played like a ukulele. Also known as sanlele[ATTACH=CONFIG]94529[/ATTACH

Kimosabe
09-24-2016, 07:41 AM
Yes. Just saw an enjoyable play about a grandfather trying to get his grandson to take the sanshin seriously. The play was at the Kumu Theater in downtown Honolulu. They weren't playing chords but rather single note melody accompanied by singing. Finally the grandson incorporates the instrument into rock music and unites the generations. He is inspired to do so by falling in love with a beautiful Okinawan lass. Cherchez la femme.

And lo and behold, it was the play in your attachment, which I hadn't opened. Nice little theater. Once saw a play about a haole woman marrying into a Hawaiian Japanese family. Don't put soy sauce on rice, gringos.

greenie44
09-24-2016, 11:17 AM
Curiously enough, Stan, I was going through security at an airport about a week ago and a TSA guy asked me if I was carrying a uke (I was). I asked him if he played a uke, and he said no, he played a sanshin!

Uncle Leroy
09-24-2016, 01:18 PM
I live on Okinawa and it is THE national heritage instrument.

BearMakingNoises
09-24-2016, 04:31 PM
They are all over Tokyo too. I love the sound of them.

cpmusic
09-24-2016, 04:47 PM
The instrument figures greatly in Kubo and the Two Strings, a lovely stop-motion film from Laika Studios, and is used in a nice cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" for the end credits:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoujdXqptnc

Piecomics
09-24-2016, 05:17 PM
Actually in Kubo it is a shamisen. And I want one... Very expensive from what I can see!

cpmusic
09-24-2016, 05:39 PM
Actually in Kubo it is a shamisen. And I want one... Very expensive from what I can see!

Oops....I thought it was the same thing with a slightly different spelling. Sorry 'bout that.

Croaky Keith
09-24-2016, 10:32 PM
Being a picker of melodies, I often thought the high G string on my uke just got in the way of learning. ;)

bonesigh
09-25-2016, 07:40 AM
Yep, I found a mini one on ebay one time. It's only about a foot long and has snake skin. Just a wall hanger at the moment.

Tenor
09-25-2016, 08:00 AM
On the subject of the shamisen, here's a video any blues fan will dig:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI_CwnXy3PE
Buddy Guy in Tokyo with Takeharu Kunimoto, shamisen player!

mm stan
09-28-2016, 05:48 AM
Holy smokes, I found a video Jake plays a sanlele. ...wow wow
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KVK6GWr_GmI

Nickie
09-28-2016, 01:53 PM
Very nice videos. Thanks. That just might be my next uke.....

mm stan
09-28-2016, 02:43 PM
Very nice videos. Thanks. That just might be my next uke.....

Even those Sanshin nickie, they play led Zeppelin holy cow