A Quick Guide
to Chinese Music and Instruments
|Chinese music has many forms,
and instruments used during performances can appear
quite strange looking to the uninitiated. This Quick
Guide is intended as a simple introduction to those
who may be curious about Contemporary and/or Traditional
Chinese musical forms
We will support this with some music downloads and a
Chinese MP3 Player, all of which we are assured comply
with International Property Rights and protect the artists
Popular Music Downloads
Rock and Pop music listened to in China and including
many foremost artist's from Hong Kong and Taiwan. Pages
link to Artists own pages with bio's, pictures and free
/ clean music downloads (mainly video).
Instruments - with downloads
Desciptions and free / clean links to many downloads
featuring weird looking intruments and new sounds for
Western ears. You may not like all of these, or know
some quite well. To broaden your musical horizons begin
* Erhu is also known
as the Chinesre violin, and a melancholy instrument
used to great effect in Rock, Blues, Jazz and Folk musice.
* Xun is a Stone Age instrument
played superbly on a modern dance track - listing Track
* This page also features: 10 Classic Songs, Banhu,
Guqin, Guzheng, Pipa, and Suona at present.
Instruments - older pages without media downloads
This original section is slowly being replaced by the
one above. It lists over 80 Chinese instruments at present,
with another 500 still to add! However, while our research
and resources continues to grow, we have stopped adding
new content and instead will use the section above,
which is far more dynamic and informative.
Obviously this is a lot of work and it will take us
about 1-month to transfer everything to the new format.
This is scheduled for Spring 2011.
|China has about 100 native
musical instruments, ranging from stone drums of antiquity,
through to modern orchestral stringed instruments. For
beginners, it is best to begin with the most popular
in contemporary culture, these being: the Chinese Bow
(ErHu and four others of differing pitch), Chinese lute
(Pipa), and the Chinese horizontal Harp thingymagig
called a Zheng
|We have pictures with full
descriptions for the most common instruments here
Chinese Musical Instruments
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Steve's Blog at idmation http://idmation.com/china/
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are either reproduced here with expressed permission,
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