BiwaVocab for Satsuma-Biwa

Sound Information System by Junko Ueda

The Rubbing Technique (Suri): Single Movement

A Biwa string is constructed by twisting silk fibres, which are plied together with rice paste. Because of this, the surface of the Biwa string is not smooth and creates a scratching sound when rubbed by the 'Bachi'. Below are various techniques of rubbing the strings using a single movement.

Single Suri on open string

Single Suri on 1st string
To rub the 1st string with the base of the Bachi ('Suso') either from up to down or from down to up. In the score the up or down movement is indicated by a Japanese character. This sample shows both slow and fast rubbing.
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Single Suri on 4th string
To rub the 4th string with the base of the Bachi ('Suso') either from up to down or from down to up. In the score the up or down movement is indicated by a Japanese character. This sample shows both slow and fast rubbing.
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Single Suri on all strings
To rub all string with the base of the Bachi ('Suso') either from up to down or from down to up. In the score the up or down movement is indicated by a Japanese character. This sample shows both slow and fast rubbing.
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Single Suri on pulled-up string

Single Suri on 1st string pulled-up
The 1st string is pulled up by the left hand fingers, while at the same time the string is rubbed with the edge of the Bachi ('Fuchi') either from up to down or from down to up. In the score the up or down movement is indicated by a line.
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Single Suri on 2nd string pulled-up
The 2nd string is pulled up by the left hand fingers, while at the same time the string is rubbed with the edge of the Bachi ('Fuchi') either from up to down or from down to up. In the score the up or down movement is indicated by a line.
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Single Suri on 3rd string pulled-up
The 3rd string is pulled up by the left hand fingers, while at the same time the string is rubbed with the edge of the Bachi ('Fuchi') either from up to down or from down to up. In the score the up or down movement is indicated by a line.
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Single Suri on 4th string pulled-up
The 4th string is pulled up by the left hand fingers, while at the same time the string is rubbed with the edge of the Bachi ('Fuchi') either from up to down or from down to up. In the score the up or down movement is indicated by a line.
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