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cymbals
The cymbal is a vibrating metal instrument. As a Beiguan instrument, it is divided according to diameter into the “Big Cymbal” and the “Small Cymbal.” Both are made of steel. T More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Wooden Fish
The wooden fish is also called the “Divination Fish”. Originally it was a monk’s instrument. It was brought to China in the Han dynasty by Buddhism. The Wooden Fish is an… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
4 Pieces
This instrument is called the 4 Treasures or 4 Slices in Nanguan. It is made up of 4 bamboo clappers, 8 inches long and one inch wide. Each hand holds 2, one manipulated by the… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Board
The Board is also called the Hardwood Clapper. It is made of 3 pieces of hardwood, 2 tied together and held in one hand, struck together. It’s a Beiguan instrument, used for… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Clapper
The clapper is a percussion instrument made of 2 bamboo pieces which are struck against each other. It is used for keeping the rhythm in music. In the past, there were 6-piece or… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Jiao Luo (Barking Gong)
This instrument is also called the “Dog Barking.” It’s a small gong, 8 centimeters in diameter. There are 2 small holes on the gong’s side, where it is tied up with string and More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Sound Cup
This instrument is also called the “Soup Gong” or “Bowl Gong.” It is a kind of Small Gong. The round center is slightly raised, and the whole is about 22 centimeters in diamete More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Chuo Board
In the Hakka language, it is simply called “board.” It is made of 3 pieces of solid black wood. 2 of the pieces are tied together and linked with a third one by a strong through a… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Big Gong
This is called the “Local Gong” in the Hakka language. Some performance artists call it the Zouma “Walking Horse” Gong. It is the largest of the gongs, made of bell bronze, wit More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Small Gong
The Small Gong is called the “Bowl Gong” in Hakka. It is a round disk shape with sides, 6.5 inches in diameter, made of bell bronze. About 22 centimeters, bulging in the center.… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones