Learn to play Japanese Music
Yoko Hiraoka takes absolute begiinners, or those with some experience, into this musical world gently and with great attention to the students' needs and pace of development. To many would-be students, studying Japanese music might be just a dream, however it is very accessible to anyone who delights in just strumming their fingers across the strings of a koto or shamisen, and enjoying the sound.
Studio lessons & Internet Lessons with Yoko
*Describing the components of the instrument
*Holding the instrument correctly
*History of the instrument and its music genres
*Caring for the instrument and string replacement
*Japanese traditional music notation and simple compositions
Everyone is encouraged to relax, enjoy, and be happy with wherever they may be on their musical journey. Yoko trains students to become deeply aware of rhythm, tone and the subtleties of plucking strings. She encourages the building of solid form and good practice. A lot of early teaching emphasis goes towards good skill-building with many types of exercises and a gradual building of strength as a player. Eventually players have such a solid foundation they become self-sufficient and confident in having a good core practice.
Please feel free to call or email Yoko to talk about lessons:
303-725-8683 or email
For those not familiar with Paypal, it is a simple to use internet payment service which enables users to pay for goods and services using a credit card or bank account.
Technical Stuff for Skype lessons
-A computer with fast internet connection (DSL or Cable). This can be a laptop or a desktop machine.
-Camera and microphone. Some computers have built-in cameras and mics. If you don't have this on your machine, you will need a separate camera and microphone connected to one of the usb ports on your computer. Separate cameras exist with a built-in mic, which is most convenient. These are not very expensive items...usually they run between $60-$80 depending on the model.
FREE SKYPE: http://www.skype.com
Yoko can help with any technical issues. Usually the link is made quite easily and the lesson can proceed comfortably.