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Gu Qin (古琴) has been played since ancient times, and has traditionally been favored by scholars and literati as an instrument of great subtlety and refinement. Even great Confucius was a qin player. The extent tablatures are thousand in number, a vast repertory of various schools.

The gu qin is a very quiet instrument, with a range of about four octaves, and its open strings are tuned in the bass register. From the 13 studs on its sound board harmonic and stopped tones can be produced. Its music is primitively simple, elegant and full of lingering charms. And its tone qualities are variable: deep and vigorous in the low register, pure and mellow in the middle one, bright and delicate in the high. Besides, rich harmonic tones are crystal clear. Sophisticated in playing technique, it is often used for solos or in duets with the vertical dongxiao flute.

Legends and stories described in the historical sources surround the qin with an aura of romanticism. One is about Yu Boya, a qin player, whose performing was so deeply appreciated by his friend Zhong Ziqi for its spiritual nature that when Ziqi died, Boya destroyed his qin, as he believed there would be no one to appreciate his music properly. Another tale is told that Zhuge Liang, the prime minister of the Shu Kingdom (221-263), playing the qin on the gate tower; though without any garrisons inside, intimidated the enemy troops headed by General Sima Yi.

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The guqin is the modern name for a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family. There are eight basic right hand finger techniques: Pi (thumb pluck outwards), Tuo (thumb pluck inwards), Mo (index in), Tiao (index out), Gou (middle in), Ti (middle out), Da (ring in), and Zhai (ring out); the little finger is not used. Out of these basic eight, their combinations create many. Cuo is to pluck two strings at the same time, Lun is to pluck a string with the ring, middle and index finger out in quick succession, the Suo technique involves plucking a string several times in a fixed rhythm, Bo cups the fingers and attacks two strings at the same time, and Gun Fu is to create glissandi by running up and down the strings continuously with the index and middle fingers. These are just a few. In order to master the qin, there are in excess of 50 different techniques that must be mastered.

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