BiwaVocab for Satsuma-Biwa

Sound Information System by Junko Ueda

Bouncing Technique

Here are some techniques of bouncing the plectrum ('Bachi') on the strings. For this, you can use either the base or the side-edge of the Bachi.

Bouncing with the base of the Bachi

Bouncing Bachi
Bouncing with the base of the Bachi ('Suso') on all strings. This sample shows this style of bouncing at various locations on the strings (starting from near the bridge to a higher position, respectively numbered as P1 until P4).
Stacks Image 3780

Bouncing with the side-edge of the Bachi

Bouncing Fuchi on 1st string
Bouncing with the side of the Bachi ('Fuchi') on the 1st string. This sample demonstrates one bouncing action followed by an extended, drone-like bouncing on a crescendo and decrescendo dynamic.
Stacks Image 4186
Bouncing Fuchi on 2nd string
Bouncing with the side of the Bachi ('Fuchi') on the 2nd string.
Stacks Image 4128
Bouncing Fuchi on 3rd string
Bouncing with the side of the Bachi ('Fuchi') on the 3rd string.
Stacks Image 4070
Bouncing Fuchi on 4th string
Bouncing with the side of the Bachi ('Fuchi') on the 4th string.
Stacks Image 4012
Bouncing Fuchi on 4th string
Bouncing with the side of the Bachi ('Fuchi') on the 4th string while changing the note. The fragment presented here is from the traditional piece ‘Dan-no-Ura’.
Stacks Image 4302