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Violin
The Violin is the most important orchestral instrument. Its expression is characterized by perfect tonal quality. It is ready to perform in accord with the player’s will, no… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Guitar
The guitar has always been a popular favorite. Many people have studied it. Most, however, think of it as merely a foil or backdrop, an accompaniment for singing. The guitar is… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Alto Erhu
It is called the “ Zhonghu” for short. It is a fourth and fifth lower than the Erhu. It has the same format as the Nanhu, only larger. It is tuned a fifth lower than the Nanhu.… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Zither
It is also called the “Guzheng” This is a plucked instrument played resting on a table. There are 16 steel strings, which are held by posts. Improved Zithers have 18, 19, 21,… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Pipa
This is a 4-stringed instrument which is held to be plucked. There are Nanguan Pipa and Beiguan Pipa. The Nanguan Pipa is pear-shaped with a curved head and strings made of silk… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Yueqin (a moon-shaped four-stringed plucked instrument)
It is also called the “Beggar’s Fiddle.” This instrument has a large sound box with a full moon shape. It is held and plucked, with a short handle and two strings. The Taiwan… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Daguangxian
This is also called the Datongxian. It is a bass string instrument with a large sound box and a low register. The diameter is fifteen centimeters or more. The tube is like a small… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Erhu
This is also called the Nanhu, the Erxian, the Wengzi, or the Huhu. The Erhu’s stick, box, bumper, and bridge are all made of wood. The box is made of redwood, padauk, ebony or… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Erxian
It is also called the “Touxian” The strings are made of silk and the wooden sound box is the shape of a drum, with one side covered by a wooden sound board made of paulownia. 2… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Jinghu
This is also called the “Diao Gui” or the “Diao Guizai” in Hakka. There are 2 strings, and the body is made of bamboo, 10 centimeters long and 5 in diameter. It is covered with More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones