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Most of the stringed instruments originated in foreign countries and have been adapted over time. So when visitors recall their trip to China, they cannot help but feel the poignant sounds of Chinese musical instruments.
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Among the many traditional Chinese musical instruments, the most popular today include Chinese String Instrument like lerhu, pipa, and guzheng as well as wind instruments like dizi flutes.
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The erhu remains, probably, the traditional instrument you will hear the most during one of your stays in China. Indeed, this one is not used for professional purposes but for fun and amusement in most public parks. Street musicians also play it regularly.
In addition to its ease of transportation, peasants appreciate it, especially because of its low cost. Nowadays, this instrument is frequently found in Chinese opera performances and traditional orchestras. In the past, it was mainly used in opera productions, but today it is very popular as a solo instrument.
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The guzheng (literally "ancient zither" and pronounced gǔzhēng (goo-jung) in Madarin) is a large plucked instrument of the tabletop zither family, featuring 18, 23 or more strings. In addition, it is commonly presented as the ancestor of the famous Japanese koto.
Mostly played by women musicians, it is rarely heard in parks and streets. On the other hand, it usually accompanies Chinese concerts and opera, and can also be played in traditional music bands.
The pipa, a traditional musical instrument. The pipa (pípá, pee-pah) is a traditional Chinese four-string musical instrument of the lute family. Carved from a monoxyl block of hardwood, its body appears as a flattened pear with frets like those found on a guitar. It emits sounds very similar to those of a banjo.
The dizi also called, generally, zhudi or transverse flute made of bamboo has six (or more) fingering holes. One of them covered with a membrane (from the inner skin of the common reed or paper) serves as a mirliton giving, thus, the buzzing sound so particular to this flute and so appreciated by the audience.
The modern dizi covers a range of two and a half octaves. Since the Qing dynasty, this instrument is often used during theatrical performances. You can see it in the cities as well as in the countryside.
Considered one of the oldest plucked string instruments in China, the Guqin, also known as the "eight-string" appeared during the Yao and Shun period. The sound is produced by plucking, with the right hand, the strings, empty, while the fingers of the left hand press them at the level of marks indicating the harmonics.