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Chinese musician Winnie Wong discusses the origins, history and construction of the guzheng or Chinese zither before giving a performance. The guzheng is an ancient instrument from around 200BC. It resembles a plucked, half-tube zither with movable bridges and is tuned to a pentatonic scale. Other notes can be accessed by bending the strings. It has changed from having five strings to twelve strings over the dynasties. There are 26 strings on the present day instrument.
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10 June 2009

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