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Pai Drum
The Pai drum is also called the side drum. It sounds like the Bai drum. It is covered with leather on one side, and there is a hollowed out trench in the bottom. It is played with… More
2006-01-12 /Membranophone
Tang Drum
It is called the Tong Drum in Hakka. It is also called the Tang Dynasty Drum and the small Tang Drum. Its form is similar to that of the Bass Drum. Both sides are tightly covered… More
2006-01-12 /Membranophone
Single-Leather Drum
In Hakka it is called the north drum. In Beiguan, it is called the Ban drum or Toushou- zai, and also the Ladazai, the board drum. It is a small, single-sided drum of solid wood,… More
2006-01-12 /Membranophone
Jar Drum
This is also called a flower-pot drum. The body of the drum is like a flowerpot. The four feet of its base are carved with dragon heads. The sound is softer than that of the bass… More
2006-01-12 /Membranophone
Side Drum
Also called small Tang drum, war drum, treble drum, and Jingtang drum. The form is the same as that of the bass drum, but the size is smaller and the sound less persistent. The… More
2006-01-12 /Membranophone
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