BiwaVocab for Satsuma-Biwa

Sound Information System by Junko Ueda

Arpeggio

Below you will find various samples of arpeggio techniques. To perform an arpeggio the strings are plucked in one down stroke movement.

Basic arpeggio

Down stroke (Harai-Bachi)
Traditionally the speed of arpeggio is not indicated.
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Stopping the string (Keshi)
After an arpeggio, the sound of the vibrating strings is stopped with the left hand. This is indicated by the little Japanese character.
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Arpeggio in combination

Body hitting accent before arpeggio
To hit strongly the 'Hara-ita' before performing an arpeggio.
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Body hitting accent before arpeggio 2
To hit strongly the 'Hara-ita' before performing an arpeggio.
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Striking 1st string followed by arpeggio (Tosshan)
First , strike the 1st string, then stop, and play an arpeggio on the 2nd string till 4th string. This is usually described by 'Tosshan'
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