Abbott Family


Strum Machine

Play along with customizable backing tracks, generated from real instrument sounds. Practice any song, in any key, at any speed.

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Personal website with videos of old music performances.



The world’s foremost resource for shamisen players who want to learn, build, and/or purchase the instrument, and connect with other enthusiasts.

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Home page of Kyle Abbott: shamisen performer, builder, and educator.

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The ToneWay Project

Offering resources for the music community—free video courses, books, an online lyrics and song clips database, and more—since the early 2000s.

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Years of posts on taoist thought and commentary on the Tao Te Ching including a new translation.

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Leslie’s Instagram

Birds of all kinds (and other subjects), captured in striking photos that tell a story.

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