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CHINESE MUSIC INSTRUMENTS
|Chinese bowed string instruments belong to the so-called huqin family ("barbarian stringed instruments"), hu meaning “barbarian” and qin “stringed instrument”. An instrument called xiqin (“instrument of the Xi people”), is believed to be the ancestor of the family, imported to China in ancient times from nomadic groups of Central Asia… Read more|
|The plucked string instruments can be classified through the positions in which they are played: horizontally (e.g. guzheng and yangqin) or vertically (e.g. pipa and ruan). They can be played by wearing artificial nails, by using plectrums or their strings can be stroked by means of thin sticks… Read more|
|In Chinese music, the category of the winds includes a large variety of instruments, made of different materials (bamboo, wood, clay, etc.) and very diverse tone quality. According to the technique and the means used to blow air into their body, they can be divided into three types… Read more|
|In Chinese orchestra, both Western and Chinese percussion instruments are used in order to produce three different effects: rhythmic (to mark the tempo), decorative (to add drama to a passage) and melodic (to play melodies by means of definite-pitched instruments) … Read more|