|When we started this project
(Chinese Music), I thought there were maybe 20 Chinese
musical instruments. Later I thought that maybe there
were a hundred or so. Now I realise there are thousands
of them - many inter-related in several ways.
The related pages will soon cover the most popular of
these, plus grow to include as many as possible = a
For ease of reference we have divided Chinese instruments
into four main categories:
Strings, Lutes and Zithers
Free music samples and downloads Comply with International
Copyright criteria, and respect International Property
Rights. If you think there is a problem, contact us
and we will remove the offending piece immediately!
Most Chinese instruments are written as two Chinese
characters (Mandarin). Pinyin is a standard way to write
these characters in English. The Chinese would write
these as one English word in lower case. Westerners
tend to Capitalise the words. Other Western spellings
sometimes exist, especially changing 'qin' to 'ching'
etc. We use the standard letters as approved by Beijing,
and generally Capitalised the first letters of both
Chinese words (For correct Western syntax)
Music and Downloads
potential areas of overlap between the downloads offered
in our musical instruments section = what an instrument
sounds like, compared with those available in our Artists
We have endeavoured to keep these separate as much as
possible (Only a couple are double entries).
Our main interest lies in bringing some of these remarkable
instruments to the attention of World Music Media, with
the intention that some performers may decide to use
some of them in place of more mainstream instruments.
In particular, I will mention the erhu in this respect
- a version of a viola, but with such a heart-rending
melancholy in it's tones. Enjoy!
As a final note we would add that Chinese Classical
music includes Traditional songs, Folk music, tunes
from Ethnic Minorities, and songs that are several millennia
Chinese Classical (Traditional)
|Please see our complimentary
section for an in depth look at some of the most popular
instuments of China today. These pages come with free
streaming of many tracks for each instrument, and are
regarded as either Chinese classics, or classic for
|We continue to add to this
section periodically, and as resources become available
to us. Our intention is to offer information and examples
of each instrument listed in our catalogue (Currently
86). As each resource of information, (Pictures, and
media such as Video and mp3's) grows - so will will
add fuller listings in our complementary new section:
Classical Chinese Music
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are either reproduced here with expressed permission,
or obtained from reliable free resources, and comply
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