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China, Japan, Korea

Page history last edited by Andrew Alder 11 years, 10 months ago

This page covers instruments from China, Japan, Korea and their neighbours.

 

Bowed strings

 

Erhu

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erhu

http://www.juststrings.com/erhu.html

 

Lutes

 

Daruan

China, Han dynasty, accompaniment instrument, four strings.

  • C-G-d-a

http://www.geidai.ac.jp/~odaka/gcat/english/html-text/232.html

 

Gekkin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yueqin

 

Japanese, four silk strings in two courses.

  • g' g' - d' ' d' '

http://www.geidai.ac.jp/~odaka/gcat/english/html-text/231.html

 

Chinese, three or four strings, uncoursed

http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_CHI073_A_Fancy+Yuet+Chin_E_

 

Pippa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipa

http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_CHI092_A_Deluxe+Student+Model+Pipa_E_ (no tuning given)

http://www.geidai.ac.jp/~odaka/gcat/english/html-text/233.html

http://www.geidai.ac.jp/~odaka/gcat/english/html-text/234.html

 

  • A-d-e-a

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liuqin a smaller pippa, tuned higher

 

 

Ruan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruan

http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_CHI043_A_Ruan_E_

http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_CHI077_A_Hsiao+Ruan_E_ scale length 17.25"

http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_CHI044_A_Chung+Ruan_E_ bass ruan

 

Zithers

In its broadest sense, a zither is a plucked stringed instrument with a sounding board and strings that do not extend beyond it. East Asian zithers include:

 

  • Guqin, an ancient Chinese fretless zither with seven strings, also known in Japan and Korea.
  • Seul, a Korean instrument descended from the ancient chinese se.
  • Koto, widely used in Japan.

 

 

External links

 

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