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Chinese Musical Instruments
When we started this project (Chinese Music), I thought there were maybe 20 Chinese musical instruments. Later I thought that maybe there were a hundred or so. Now I realise there are thousands of them - many inter-related in several ways.

The related pages will soon cover the most popular of these, plus grow to include as many as possible = a long project!

For ease of reference we have divided Chinese instruments into four main categories:
  • Bowed and 2-stringed
  • Other Strings, Lutes and Zithers
Other Instruments

Free music samples and downloads Comply with International Copyright criteria, and respect International Property Rights. If you think there is a problem, contact us and we will remove the offending piece immediately!

Note: Spelling
Most Chinese instruments are written as two Chinese characters (Mandarin). Pinyin is a standard way to write these characters in English. The Chinese would write these as one English word in lower case. Westerners tend to Capitalise the words. Other Western spellings sometimes exist, especially changing 'qin' to 'ching' etc. We use the standard letters as approved by Beijing, and generally Capitalised the first letters of both Chinese words (For correct Western syntax)

Popular Music and Downloads 

There are potential areas of overlap between the downloads offered in our musical instruments section = what an instrument sounds like, compared with those available in our Artists Section

We have endeavoured to keep these separate as much as possible (Only a couple are double entries).

Our main interest lies in bringing some of these remarkable instruments to the attention of World Music Media, with the intention that some performers may decide to use some of them in place of more mainstream instruments. In particular, I will mention the erhu in this respect - a version of a viola, but with such a heart-rending melancholy in it's tones. Enjoy!

As a final note we would add that Chinese Classical music includes Traditional songs, Folk music, tunes from Ethnic Minorities, and songs that are several millennia old!

Chinese Classical (Traditional) Music Downloads

Please see our complimentary section for an in depth look at some of the most popular instuments of China today. These pages come with free streaming of many tracks for each instrument, and are regarded as either Chinese classics, or classic for the instrument.

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Future Additions

We continue to add to this section periodically, and as resources become available to us. Our intention is to offer information and examples of each instrument listed in our catalogue (Currently 86). As each resource of information, (Pictures, and media such as Video and mp3's) grows - so will will add fuller listings in our complementary new section: Classical Chinese Music and Instruments

This information is as supplied by ourselves, and ably supported by our friends:


As far as we are aware, all information and downloads are either reproduced here with expressed permission, or obtained from reliable free resources, and comply with International Property Rights.

Please contact us 'Now' if you think there is a problem, and we will rectify the situation immediately

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