The Florida Shakuhachi Camp is completed and man was it a great productive time! It started out on Friday at 5pm but everyone got there early so we did some impromptu classes and playing. It was great seeing some of the beginner's faces when they were getting it and seeing them smile as the weekend went on. The players who could read the score somewhat had it down much better as the weekend went on and players who couldn't begin to read scores were playing the notation too by the end of the weekend. Everyones tone improved tremendously. One of the things Chikuzen is great at is helping people to expand their tone and really blossom as shakuhachi players. We ate most meals at the Yearling Restaurant and while there we saw Willie Green who is about as authentic a blues man as you will see. He is a 70 yr old man who plays real down home blues guitar and harmonica on a rack. Willie Green was one of my inspirations to start playing harmonica back in 2004.

He was a hit with the campers and everyone really enjoyed his playing. By Sunday everyone had a few months worth of material to work on. Some will be taking Skype lessons with Chikuzen in between camps and when they get to the next camp they will have made even bigger leaps and bounds in their playing. We will be having the next camp on Feb 19-21, 2010. We have already had some sign ups and we are open for new students. If you are interested in coming please check out the site at I wil be posting pictures tomorrow and as students submit them. Thanks for stopping by, as always.

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