the Guzheng/ Chinese Zither

  • Skills
  • Music


Do you like music or you always want to have a hobby of playing a kind of instruments that's easy to play and have a melodious sound? If you are looking for this, I strongly suggest you try to learn the Guzheng (Chinese zither).


Let's have a brief intro to Guzheng~ 1. History Guzheng is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a history of nearly 2000 years. The oldest Guzheng was dated to possibly during the Warring States period (475–221 BCE). By the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE), the guzheng was perhaps the most commonly played instrument in China. The guzheng is ancestral to several other Asian zithers such as the Japanese koto, the Korean gayageum and ajaeng, Mongolian yatga etc. 2. structure of Guzheng The most common type of Guzheng have 21 strings and is usually 1.6m long. The guzheng consists of the following parts: 21 strings, soundboard, 21 movable bridges, a head, a tail, and bridges on head and tail. 3. What should we do when playing Guzheng? When playing the Guzheng, we should sit correctly and wear fingerpicks on both hands. We use these fingerpicks to pick the strings and make melodious sound of Guzheng.