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  • #: 206393
  • Price: $1.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: 2009-11-19
  • Current Version: 1.1
  • 1.1
  • Size: 1.90 MB
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Seller: Pawana
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later
  • © Pawana LLC.
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iSanshin turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a virtual sanshin.

The sanshin is an Okinawan musical instrument and precursor of the Japanese shamisen. It has three strings.

You can press and strum strings like guitar.

9 Okinawa folk songs and scores are installed.

- Asadoya Yunta

- Thinsagunu Hana

- Tukinu Kaisya

- Densa Bushi

- Tousen Doi

- 19 no Haru

- Tundara Bushi

- Aha Bushi

- Medetai Bushi

Will be add more songs by version up.

What's New in Version 1.1

-[NEW] Add setting snap to scale note sound.
-[NEW] Sanshin width and height Ajustable.
-[NEW] new 2 songs. Ahabushi and Medetaibushi.
-[fix] Position sounds.
-[fix] Tuning sounds.

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Rated 4/5 based on 1 customer reviews.


4/5 stars

Great Virtual Instrument

I realy enjoy this app. Having played a real sanshin only once, I can't truely attest to it's authenticity, however the sound is great overall and doesn't sound digitized. The accompanying songs are great for beginners like myself. The app displays the notes of the song and you simply follow the lit up kanji on the strings with one hand while "plucking" the bottom of the strings with your other. Right and left hand friendly. I had planned on buying a sanshin on an upcoming visit to Japan and I feel this will give me a head start.
On the other hand, I occasionally find it difficult to play a note or access the menu (via a gear-shaped button). I'll repeatedly stab the spot on the screen to no avail and other times the action works without incident.
I strongly suggest this to anyone wishing to learn the traditional instrument or even to the musically inclined who are looking for a new toy to fiddle with on the go.


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