Hana (Masaaki Kishibe) | Hub Guitar

Hana (Masaaki Kishibe)

A beautiful tune, Hana is approachable even for beginners due to its easy A section. Sections B and C get progressively more challenging, inviting the player into more complicated chord shapes and difficult techniques.

Lesson Video

Performance Video


  • Learn how to tune your guitar to open D tuning (DADF#ad)
  • Use a capo on Fret III. The capo makes it easier to play. Many students skip this step and suffer because of it.
  • Practice the tune slowly.
  • Learn one section at a time. Get comfortable with section A before moving on to section B.
  • Spend many times (100 or more!) practicing the hammer-on and pull-off in m6.
  • Identify the chord shapes, especially those which appear two-per-measure in section B; practice them repeatedly.


Open D (DADF♯AD); Capo III

Melody/Lead Sheet

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About the Artist

Masaaki Kishibe of Osaka, Japan is one of the finest and most widely-regarded fingerstyle guitar players in Asia. He tours with a wide variety of artists. A younger Andy McKee toured with him before. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Masaaki Kishibe's music is notable in that it is not excessively complex, allowing listeners of all types to enjoy. It is perhaps because of this that many of Masaaki Kishibe's tunes end up being possible for even beginners to play.


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