Guzheng is difficult to learn

Contribution from DS from MOD »

Years ago I brought an instrument like this with me from Beijing. That was an adventure in itself - because of the size. Since, contrary to my ideas at the time, I did not play it, it is now hanging on the wall as ornament (can still be seen on my avatar on the left side). But because I wanted to learn to play it back then, I had brought all the tangible information with me, such as instructional video CD and music books.
On the video CD I was able to laboriously decipher the same statement as can be seen in Bernhard's picture. Basic mood D E F # A H etc. with A in green.
Since the same physics apply to this instrument as to the harp, in my opinion it is not advisable to shift the tuning beyond a certain amount with the strings remaining the same.
The missing intermediate tones are achieved by tensioning the string by pressing down on the left side, where there is no plucking. This can then be used to increase the tone by up to 2 semitones. The trick is to hit the right note. Whether that's why so many vibrating tones (technical term I don't know) are played in Chinese music
The notation is also interesting, as can be seen on Bernhard's picture on the far right. It took me 2 years to figure out how it works. The key is specified by defining the tone for 1, e.g. 1 = D 2/4 or 1 = G 4/4. The rest are numbers from 1 to 7 (although there are only 5 strings), sometimes with a point above or below, or with 2 points below (octave indication), with one, two or no line below (8- tel, 16-tel) and lots of different kinds of ticks (game instructions). I was still lucky that I had found books with numbers, the actual or maybe just older musical notation are real Chinese characters .
I once had a Chinese woman translate the titles of one of the music books. She had explained to me, beaming with joy, that it was a children's songbook.

I'm not upset

Of all animals, I especially love the official white horse.