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Treble Erhu Fiddle
Short names for it are Gaohu or Yuehu. It is a treble Huqin. The column of the fiddle is short, and its face is smaller than that of the Nanhu. The tube is thinner as well, and… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Ruan ( Moon Guitar)
It is also called the Ruanxian. It was called the Han Pipa during the Han dynasty. The Ruan is made up of a head, a body, pegs, a port, a bridge, and four strings. There are… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Willow Qin
Also called “Willow-leaf Qin,” “Willow-moon Qin,” “Diamond Leg,”, and “Earth Pipa”. Because this instrument looks like a willow leaf, it is called More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
flute
People have the impression that the flute is a very elegant instrument, and in fact, it is. Every one of its registers has its own characteristics, but they are all gentle and… More
2006-01-12 /Aerophones
trumpet
The trumpet is commonly called a horn. A trumpet is one type of brass wind instrument. Most are made of copper. The upper end is small and thin, gradually enlarging towards the… More
2006-01-12 /Aerophones
saxophone
The saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian, who got a patent for it in Paris in 1846. In its first public appearances, it was only used in military bands, initially by… More
2006-01-12 /Aerophones
vertical bamboo flute “Xiao”
This is also called the “Dongxiao,” a vertical wind instrument. It is made of hollow bamboo, and the mouthpiece is at the rim of the upper end. Air blown into it produces the… More
2006-01-12 /Aerophones
Ba Zi
In Beiguan it is called Haidi. In Nanguan it is called Aiyu, Aizai, or Nanai.   The appearance of this instrument is identical to that of the Suona, although it is smaller.… More
2006-01-12 /Aerophones
Xiaochui
This is also called the Yu’ai. The middle-sized version is called the Xiaochui, even though it is blown at considerable volume in Beiguan music. The tubo-tone is more or less F… More
2006-01-12 /Aerophones
Da Chui
The largest of the traditional aerophones is called the Da Chui. It is loud with a bright tone, and is strongly associated with popular customs. It is used in the Beiguan’s wind… More
2006-01-12 /Aerophones