BiwaVocab for Satsuma-Biwa

Sound Information System by Junko Ueda

Tremolo

A traditional tremolo is performed only with the tip of the Bachi. Below you can find various tremolo techniques using the Bachi in a different way.

Tremolo with handle of plectrum

Bachi handle tremolo on main body (Korokoro)
The Bachi is turned around and now the handle of the Bachi ('Bachi-o') is used to clatter of on the main body ('Hara-ita').
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Bachi handle tremolo on 4th string (Korokoro Ito)
The Bachi is turned around and the sharp decoration on the handle of the Bachi is used to perform a tremolo on the 4th string. This sample shows this style of tremolo at various locations on the string (starting from near the bridge to a higher position, respectively numbered as P1 until P4). It is used in ‘Voice & Noise’, composed by Wil Offermans.
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