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The zither GuZheng
is one of the biggest zithers in Asia. Other zithers like
the vietnamese Tranh are smaller and do have smaller tonal ranges.
zither in Asia is the Japanese Koto. The
most common actual form of the GuZheng
knows 21 strings, tuned in the pentatonic scale.
Please read my playing experinces for the Zheng here
|Of course, several other tunings have been
tried out, for example the
tuning used by artists like Mei Han, which function as a link to use the Zheng
in modern ensembles and Jazz.
Today, the Zheng is treated equally to the western piano music with
high demands for playing skills and techniques.
The chords get plucked with finger plecs (right hand) while the left
hand changes and modulates the tone by pressing the chord, or playing
accompagnato patterns to the melodie of the right hand. The perofrmed
music reaches from traditional (Qin-)scores up to romantic and modern
The wooden pyramids attached under the chords are movable, thus
providing a quick method to change the tuning in between two pieces.
The actual appearance with 21 chords is only dating back to the
1960ies, before that several models ranging from 16 to 25 chords were
known and are still used today.
The Zheng is, besides the Pipa and Erhu, the most famous instrument in
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