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Yubizuke (指付ケ)

One type of musical notation for flutes which describes the performance in lettering. When singing “o-hya-ra-hi-u-ya,” how the fingers are placed over the hole during the playing of the “o” would be an example of Yubizuke. In that notation, there are seven types of fingering, including “close,” “open,” “half open,” “press with finger” and more. For example: “●●●|●●○●” would indicate from left to right, “pointer, middle finger, ring finger;” for the left hand, and “pointer to pinky finger” for the right hand. In actual performances, Yubizuke is the standard, while embellishments are played with the sashi-yubi, and various other tone qualities can be produced through creative embouchure.

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