Around the World - China

by Sinisa Cekic

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  • Hello my friends,
    we continue our journey around the world and next stop is China.

    Traditional music in China is played on solo instruments or in small ensembles of plucked and bowed stringed instruments, flutes, and various cymbals, gongs, and drums. The scale is pentatonic. Bamboo pipes and Gyn are among the oldest known musical instruments from China. Instruments are traditionally divided into categories based on their material of composition: animal skins, gourd, bamboo, wood, silk, earth/clay, metal and stone. Chinese orchestras traditionally consist of bowed strings,woodwinds, plucked strings and percussion.

    An interesting fact is the legend of the founder of Chinese music - Ling Lun, who made bamboo pipes tuned to the sounds of birds.

    Chinese instruments are divided into categories:

    Woodwind and percussion-

    dizi, sheng, paigu, gong, paixiao, guan, bells, cymbals

    Bowed strings-

    erhu, zhonghu, dahu, banhu, jinghu, gaohu, gehu, yehu, cizhonghu, diyingehu, leiqin

    Plucked and struck strings-

    guqin, sanxian, yangqin, guzheng, ruan, konghou, liuqin, pipa, zhu

    OK folks,let's start..
    as I said, here is used ordinary Em pentatonic scale.
    You will notice that often used short vibrato, so don't ignore it.

    Chords proggresion /Em,G,A,D
    Tempo/ 100bpm
    TS/ 4/4

    Gear & software:
    Guitar -Boss GT10/synth simulator sound/direct to sound card
    backing track-
    DAW - Sonar 8/ plugins- TTS1, AD, Rapture 32 LE
    0:47 - 0:49 chinese violin- amasing BigFishAudio sample

    Scale- Em pentatonic

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