Shamisen is type of guitar that made in Japan. Shamisen made in 15th century.
Shamisen also called sangen. Shamisen derived from Chinese guitar called sanxian. People play shamisen like guitar and using bachi to play shamisen. The rhythm is similar as American guitar called banjo. The materials that used for shamisen is skin and wood. The shamisen is an instrument with three strings. It has a very long neck and is about 30 inches (one meter) long. The melody is strong similar to rock music.
This is a picture of shamisen. The white thing is bachi.
This is the body parts of shamisen. Shamisen has 3 strings. The materials that used for shamisen is skin and wood. Its body is made out of wood. And covered with dog skin.
People used shamisen when representing their traditional music. People used shamisen on stage. In Japanese culture, people who plays shamisen called Kabuki. Kabuki wears kimono and obi.
Compare with the Ukulele, it is different that ukulele don't use picks but shamisen use bachi. And body parts are very different. And shamisen has 3 strings, ukulele has 4 strings. Ukulele makes peaceful sounds but shamisen makes rock sounds. Ukulele has frets but shamisen hasn't frets. Ukulele has sound hole but shamisen doesn't have sound hole. Both are popular instruments. Ukulele use wood and plastic but shamisen use wood and dog skin and natural skin.
The interesting facts about shamisen is that in the past, people used cat skin but now it is very expensive so people don't use it. Also people used snake skin (not much better) in the beginning.
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