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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
Horn Qin
In Hakka it is called Bahaxian or Horn Strings. It is the Taiwan opera’s Tiexianzai or Guchuixian. The fiddle’s box is made of curved copper covered with plastic board (phonograph… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Banhu Fiddle
This is commonly called “Head strings,” and has also been named “Shell strings,” “Coconut Fiddle,” “Ti strings,” “Banghu,” “Small Bang More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Qinqin
It is also called the Qinhanzi or the Guqin. It has an octagonal or petal shape, 25 centimeters in diameter, with 3 strings, 2 fixed at one tone and the other a quint lower.… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Sanxian (three-string fiddle)
It is also called the Xianzi. This instrument comes in two varieties. The drum frame and shaft are made of hardwood. The larger one is about 105 centimeters long, with an 18… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones
Dulcimer
The body of this instrument is a butterfly shape. There are 8 or 10 groups of strings, each made up of two or three strings. It is played by being struck with two soft wooden… More
2006-01-12 /Chordophones