Inventor – MUTO music method
Principal – Chromatic Music Lab.
Executive Producer – Y2G records
President – HOUON Publisher
Producer – Complicated Protocol
Wataru Ohkawa is the inventor of the Muto music method, the newest musical teaching method. He is the headmaster of the Chromatic Music Lab. Currently, he is based in New York and travels between NY and Tokyo guiding his artists and managing his record company.
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When I was a student, I did not like to study. The motive of inventing the method was that I was always thinking how to learn music theory easily and rationally, that are so complicated when I was studying harmony, counterpoint, composition and piano after entering the music high school 29 years passed since then. My thought changed from ‘how I can learn easily, rationally and quickly’ to ‘let’s recreate the music circumstance to the ideal one without sticking to the existing common sense and keeping the good parts’ and I got strong belief on that.
I often get misunderstood but I do not dislike 5 line notation. Because 5 line notation has its mission to keep its formality as ‘the art of notation’ like the paintings in genre as classical music that finds value in the things of ages and with history, instead of going on the way of evolution which had been required by the ages during the hundreds of years. I understand ‘the noble and consistent attitude to preserve the history.’ However, the usage of notation in the modern age is totally different from 600 years ago. The main stream of its usage is at the site of music education. In our method, we point out that ‘the biggest problem of 5 line notation stays at its usage beyond its mission.’
This method is the updated music system that is the most rational and the easiest to understand, matching modern age. And it is not limited to any certain instruments, genre of music or keys.
We can clarify the misunderstandings like ‘music is difficult’ and anyone ‘can enjoy music more freely and more realistically’. I believe this method will help you in discovering and creating by proposing flexible and revolutionary idea to the music scene in the coming ages.
(in April, 2012)
You can find a lot of video that Wataru Ohkawa is playing Chromatone by himself. Out of all, in the most surprising one, he is playing 6 strings bass and Chromatone at the same time ! What a super performance with great idea ! This simultaneous play of 6 strings bass and Chromatone was performed as improvisation at the live gig. And we found a photo as an evidence that he already had talent of performing in that way in his childhood.
Simultaneous performance of Chromatone and 6 strings bass
The title of the song is Donna Lee by Charlie Parker. He plays Chromatone with his right hand and 6 strings bass with his left hand.
when he was one year and half !
Wataru Ohkawa, when he was one year and half !
At a glance, it is ‘a photo when he was a cute child’. But if you take a closer look, you see ‘a guitar’ in his right hand and ‘a sword’ in his left hand. He had already mastered efficiency to play 2 different types of things simultaneously from his early stage. Also we find tears in his left eyes and he expresses absent mind. We wonder how he enjoyed playing with a guitar and a sword… We cannot stop smiling when we imagine how he was.
(by Yuna Ohnuki)
Chromatic Music Lab.
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From ‘Harajuku’ station on JR Yamanote Line: 8 minutes’ walk from Takeshita exit.
From‘Meiji Jingu-mae’ station on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Lines and Fukutoshin Lines: 8 minutes’ walk from exit number 5.
From‘Kitasando’ station on Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line: 8 minutes’ walk from exit number 2.