Standards of the Guqin
Standards of the Guqin is the first original textbook in English for the Chinese seven-stringed zither, traditionally favoured by scholars and clergy past and present. This book provides a holistic curriculum for students without prior knowledge of the Chinese language or culture, covering history, construction, technique, and critique of the musical tradition. The Third edition features essay translations, revised textual content and manuscripts, a chapter on the historical manuscript interpretation process known as dapu, and a new section on history and practical applications of musical temperament. All jianzipu fingering tablature and musical scores are digitally generated in high-resolution for quality and legibility.
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Fourth Edition Foreword
Fingering Notation Left Hand
Pitch and Temperament
Standard Tuning the default setting of the strings
Same tuning different modes
10th hui 3rd string 5th string 9th hui Actual Notation Beijing Central Conservatory Biyu characters China Chinese music dapu dapu process Diao Etude example finger plucking five-line staff Gong Yi guqin players Guqin Quji guqin societies guzheng Hanfu heptatonic Huangzhong index finger instrument interpretation jianzipu left hand positions Lesson Pointers Li Xiangting Linzhong match melody middle finger Ming Dynasty modality Modern composition motif musician octave open string original pentatonic scale performance phrase Pinyin pitch playing poem pressed note pressed string produce Pythagorean Qin Society Qing Qinpu reading Repertoire rhythm right hand movements ring finger Ruibin Tuning Score by Juni Shang slide Solmization Song Standard Tuning stop symbol syntonic comma tablature Tang temperament theme third string thumb tighten tonic Toronto tradition variations vibrato Western music written Wuyi Xianweng Cao Yün Zhonglü 正調