five-hole model of shakuhachi flutes has five holes: a left thumb hole on the
underside of the instrument, two left hand holes on the top side of the instrument,
and two right hand holes on the top side of the instrument (closer to the bell
of the instrument than the left hand holes). A pipe (|) seperates left hand
holes from right hand holes, using the general format [thumb] [lefthand](pipe
beginning with T require the
thumb hole to be covered. The absence of a T
indicated that the thumb hole is to be left open.
Hand and Right Hand Holes
numbers 1 (index finger) and
2 (ring finger) indicate that
the corresponding hole be covered. A dash (-)
indicates that a hole should not be covered.
¼ and ¾
indicate that a hole is to be partially and mostly covered (or in other words,
mostly vented and slightly vented), respectively.