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Chinese musician Winnie Wong shows how the guzheng or Chinese zither has developed from a simple folk instrument, into the concert instrument of today. From the mid 19th century, the guzheng has gradually developed as a solo instrument. Players have introduced new performance techniques such as using the left hand as accompaniment to the right hand melody, bending and vibrato.
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10 June 2009

Classroom Ideas

After watching the clip, ask the students what the instrument is made out of. Ask them how it is different to another stringed instrument such as a guitar. Introduce the idea of a pentatonic (5 note) scale. Ask students to compose a melody based on a pentatonic scale.

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