The benefits of playing metered music
Any metered music, including folk-songs, sankyoku, enka, modern compositions, Danny Boy etc. feeds directly into honkyoku practice. In metered music you are asked to produce an accurately pitched tone with a strong leading edge, rich in color, well-pitched and of specific duration, over and over again. This imperative pulls the player into a new relationship with their sound-making. The rhythmic and tonal demands are amazing skill shapers. Honkyoku playing benefits from the cross-training of playing metered music.