The Pluck & Strike Techniques
Below you will find various traditional techniques of plucking the strings and striking the body 'Hara-ita'. In the traditional repertoire the striking of the body is always in combination with plucking the strings, as you can see in the samples below.
Plucking the strings
Down stroke (Harai-Bachi)
To pluck with a down stroke.
Up stroke (Kake-Bachi)
To pluck with an up stroke. Other names for this technique are Kaeshi-Bachi or Sukui.
Double plucking. Usually described by 'Cha-Chan'.
'Cutting sound' (Kiri-Bachi)
Stopping the string (Keshi-Bachi)
Plucking the strings and striking the body
Hitting accent (Uchi-Bachi)
Open strings played bidirectional
Plucking in two possible directions.
Body hitting accent before plucking 1st string
To hit strongly the 'Hara-ita' just before plucking the first string in one movement.
Body hitting accent before double plucking 4th string
To strike the 'Hara-ita' on a little distance, before double plucking the 4th string with an up-down stroke. Usually described by 'Sug-Gi-Chan'.