Chinese folk music
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- 1. Dear Students,
Im off on another amazing adventure. This country is a lot like Japan,
there are so many people everywhere. The city has amazing side street stalls. You can
buy all different kinds of weird food and the smells are amazing.
The country Im in is covered in rice fields and has a great wall of stone that runs
through the entire country like a winding snake. It is so beautiful.
There is also lots of music here. Like Japan, the countrys music is based on the
Today we are going to explore a few of the traditional musical instruments found here.
I sent Miss Fuggle another power point to show you all the wonderful instruments Ive
Can you guess which country I am in?
A giant wall runs through this country and you can see it from space
People eat lots of rice here
The Buddhist religion is the highest practiced religion here.
2. Chinese Traditional Folk Music
3. 4. Traditional music in China is played on solo instruments or in small ensembles of plucked and bowed stringed instruments, flutes, and various cymbals, gongs, and drums.
5. Like Japan, China uses the pentatonic scale
7. Instruments are traditionally divided into categories based on their material of composition: animal skins, gourd, bamboo, wood, silk, earth/clay, metal and stone.
8. Suona -- A high-pitched reed instrument
Pipa -- A four-string lute
Erhu -- A two-stringed fiddle
Banhu -- A happy and clarion instrument
Sheng-- A popular Chinese zither with movable bridges and 16 - 25 strings
Guqin Is more than 3000 years old. Its name literally means ancient, ancient musical instrument. It is a seven stringed zither without bridges.
Xun -- A kind of ocarina with similar timbre to human voice
Suona, a very expressive reed instrument with a metal bell. It is very popular in China's countryside in funeral, wedding, and other celebrative occasions.
The Pipa is a four-stringed pair-shaped lute.
It has two very distinctive sounds, Wen Qu (civil and mild tone) or Wu Qu (martial and fierce tone).
The Erhu is a two-stringed fiddle. It is one of the best-known traditional Chinese music
instruments. Its music is very expressive and touching, especially when you feel sad.
Banhu is a lot like the Erhu but uses a thick wooden board to cover the soundbox instead of snakeskin. It is mainly an accompanying instrument used in operas in North China
Is more than 3000 years old. Its name literally means ancient, ancient musical instrument. It is a seven stringed zither without bridges.
This instrument is 7000 years old. It is a very old earthen instrument and when played, sounds a lot like a deep human voice. It is played when someone dies because it emits a very distant and primitive feeling.
The dizi is a major Chinese musical instrument, and is widely used in many genres of Chinese folk music, Chinese opera, and the modern Chinese orchestra. Traditionally, the dizi has also been popular among the common people, because it is simple to make and easy to carry. It is made out of lightweight, light coloured bamboo and had a soft quiet tone.
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