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There are generally two types of professional hogaku musicians: those who are born into a musical family and learn from an early age and those who encounter the music later in life and apply themselves to its study.

The first type has a distinct advantage — they are immersed in the musical metier as children and their impressions of the world are informed by a musical upbringing. Hearing and then practicing the music day in, day out permeates their unconscious, and the act of performing becomes second nature to them.

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