shamisen

NOUN
  1. a Japanese stringed instrument resembling a banjo with a long neck and three strings and a fretted fingerboard and a rectangular soundbox; played with a plectrum
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How To Use shamisen In A Sentence

  • Men take off their jackets behind a folding screen set up as a partition and step into the room to the accompaniment of a rhythm of '' shamisen '' three-stringed musical instrument played by geisha. Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
  • There is also a solo musician who sits by the chanter and plays the shamisen.
  • The shamisen is a lute instrument with three strings.
  • He splits his time between MoS and Shamalamacord, a duo where he plays shamisen with an accordionist. Gil Asakawa: Monsters of Shamisen Rock in Colorado Concert
  • The one really distinctive thing about this track is that every time the vocalist sings "Zubat is Coming!", there's a crusty, reverbed, ancient pluck on a shamisen: it's perfectly timed, and one of the few times actual Japanese instruments are used in this series.
  • I'm posing with a snakeskin shamisen, but it's all for show! Take a Break
  • He plays the futozao shamisen, a three-stringed instrument from which she extracts a soft array of sounds, from subdued scrapes, to slow, meditative plucking, to ratcheting and vibrating string-bends.
  • The shamisen is a lute instrument with three strings.
  • The musician twangs away on a three-stringed shamisen.
  • While he is enjoying a pastoral scene on the riverbank with the shamisen player and the children - the film's most peaceful moment - he sits down to drink with his other servant.
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