The shinobue (kanji:篠笛); also called takebue (kanji: 竹笛) and fue (kanji: 笛) (in the context of Japanese traditional arts) is a Japanese transverse flute or yoko-bue that has a high-pitched sound. It is found in hayashi and nagauta ensembles, and plays important roles in noh and kabuki theatre music. It is heard in Shinto music such as kagura-den and in traditional Japanese folk songs. There are two styles: uta (song) and hayashi (festival). The uta is properly tuned to the Western scale, and can be played in ensembles or as a solo instrument. The hayashi is not tuned to a tempered scale, as it is simply a piece of hollow bamboo with holes cut into it. It emits a very high-pitched sound, and is appropriate for the festival/folk music of Japan. Both shinobue flutes and the noh-kan play a very important role in the Japanese theater.
Adapted from Wikipedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinobue)
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