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7-hole Uta-you Shinobue in B-flat ("6-hon choshi") top binding
7-hole Uta-you Shinobue in B ("7-hon choshi") black painted
7-hole Uta-you Shinobue in C ("8-hon choshi") without binding

The shinobue (kanji: 篠笛; also called takebue (kanji: 竹笛) in the context of Japanese traditional arts) is a Japanese transverse flute or fue that has a high-pitched sound[citation needed]. It is found in hayashi and nagauta ensembles, and plays important roles in noh and kabuki theatre music.[citation needed] It is heard in Shinto music such as kagura-den and in traditional Japanese folk songs.[citation needed] There are two styles: uta (song) and hayashi (festival). The uta is properly tuned to the Western scale, and can be played in ensembles or as a solo instrument.[citation needed]

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