The Sound of China

The most amazing tones from the Guzheng known as the Sound of China.

gutheng - sound of ChinaChinese Guzheng, related to Japanese koto, Vietnamese dan tranh and Korean kayagum, is one of the most ancient Chinese traditional music instruments.

The early types of guzheng emerged during the Warring States period. It was largely influenced by the se, a plucked stringed instrument. It became prominent during the Qin period, and by the Tang Dynasty, the guzheng was arguably the most commonly played instrument in China.

There are many techniques used in the playing of the guzheng, including basic plucking actions (right or both hands) at the right portion and pressing actions at the left portion (by the left hand to produce pitch ornamentations and vibrato) as well as tremolo (right hand). These techniques of playing the guzheng can create sounds that can evoke the sense of a cascading waterfall, thunder, horses’ hooves, and even the scenic countryside.