How to read my book Japan’s Musical Tradition
1. Hi. A dear friend read my book Japan’s Musical Tradition and wrote: “I confess that I truly am not able to follow much of the discussion about music per se, though I certainly get the basic points.”
I wrote my book with the idea that both readers who generally enjoy books about music and readers who want to dig into the blood, bones, and sinews of music could find something to like. I think if you're more in the former category and want to get the gist of Japanese music, you could try reading the Introduction, chapters 1, 2, and 3 and then chapter 8 to the end. The in-between chapters (so, chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7) are more technical. You may find it helpful to read the first few paragraphs and then skip to the summary of the in-between chapters.