Introducing the guzheng – 古箏 – Chinese zither

The Guzheng (古箏) or Zheng is a Chinese musical instrument similar to the zither. It has a set of strings which are plucked with the fingers while the player can press the strings for extra effects such as vibrato and pitch bends.

I am very fond of the sound of this instrument as it conveys  a very “Chinese” feel to the music.Listen to this performance of  Spring River Flower Moon Night 古筝 – 春江花月夜

Here is my arrangement of a traditional Chinese song called Jasmine Flower. The instrument is a piece of software called String Studio from Applied Acoustics which models the sounds of plucked instruments.  I arranged the piano music to make a MIDI file – follow the music on this PDF file:  The Jasmine Flower.

Now listen to  Beautiful Flower under the Full Moon 古筝 – 月圆花好

The other instrument which is particularly “Chinese” is the erhu. Here is a performance of both guzheng and erhu in a piece titled  Winter Crows Playing in Water 寒鸦戏水

More information on the Guzheng can be found on Wikipedia.


Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

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