I’ve wanted to learn to play the koto for years. I think it’ss such a beautiful sounding instrument. I already take lessons for violin so learning to play the koto was just a matter of saving and time. I began taking lessons in the fall of 2018 and took a break to focus on school but I’m looking at starting again soon since school is almost done for the year. Learning about the instrument was a lot of fun and it’s definitely a challenging instrument.
I purchased my own koto through Chords Canada. Their customer service was great and purchasing was easy.
When learning to play the koto there will be kanji you need to know in order to read more traditional music. The music goes by string number so the sheet music uses kanji 1-10 plus three unique kanji for strings 11, 12 and 13.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the music, once you learn how to read it it’s much less complicated than it seems. When I get back into playing regularly I’ll try to post a video!
For anyone that wants to give it a try, go for it! You only live once and I recommend learning to play. It truly is so beautiful sounding.