Welcome to the White Crane blog...

More than anything, this blog is an opportunity for me to share personal observations about various aspects of playing music, shakuhachi in particular of course, and the intersection between musical activities and day to day life.

These entries will be a collection of my own very subjective reflections, ideas and experiences. The contents of the blog will not present THE TRUTH about anything, only my own musings and tentative conclusions.

My hope is that, here and there, you find something useful or helpful to you as you go about your own life of ‘just blowing’.

– Patrick


An experience shared by virtually all shakuhachi players is nervousness leading up to and during a performance – whether it’s

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