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Discovering China - Chinese Musical Instruments: The Guzheng

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Published on Sep 7, 2012

[Ben Hedges, Host]
"Well, I'm here with June Chen. She plays the traditional Chinese musical instrument—the Guzheng. June, thank you for coming to speak with us in the studio."

[June Chen, Guzheng Player]
"I'm very happy to be here."

[Ben Hedges, Host]
"Could you please give us an introduction to this instrument?"

[June Chen, Guzheng Player]
"This is a traditional instrument of the Han Chinese people. It became very popular during the Warring States period and the Qin Dynasty that followed. At that time, it was a court instrument. "This part is where you adjust the tone, these are the strings. There are 21 strings in total. These things are called "ma" and they set the notes."

[Ben Hedges, Host]
"What are the characteristics of its sound?"

[June Chen, Guzheng Player]
"Its sound is pretty melodic and its tonal range is wide. And it has the ability to convey the feelings of (Chinese) history."

[Ben Hedges, Host]
"How long have you studied (the Guzheng) for?"

[June Chen, Guzheng Player]
"I have studied it for about 10 years."

[Ben Hedges, Host]
"10 years? How old are you now?"

[June Chen, Guzheng Player]
"I am now 14-years old."

[Ben Hedges, Host]
"So you started when you're 4. Is it a very difficult instrument to learn? How long do you have to practice each day?"

[June Chen, Guzheng Player]
"In the past I practiced for about an hour a day. Now I practice about half an hour."

[Ben Hedges, Host]
"How did start to play the Guzheng? Was it your parents who asked you to do so?"

[June Chen, Guzheng Player]
"I saw a performance by a teacher playing Guzheng. The first time I saw this instrument my eyes lit up so I asked my parents to let me study it."

[Ben Hedges, Host]
"What benefits do you feel playing the Guzheng brings you?"

[June Chen, Guzheng Player]
"It means I get to study the traditional Chinese culture and understand aspects of the music of ancient people."

[Ben Hedges, Host]
"Very interesting. Could you please play a typical Guzheng piece for us?"

[June Chen, Guzheng Player]
"The piece I am going to play is called, "Spring Dawn in the Snowy Mountains." This song illustrates the scene of Tibetans singing and dancing happily—praising the mountains and rivers of Tibet."

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