A guide to Chinese instruments: Pipa 琵琶

NOTE FROM JONAH: This is Part III in “A Guide to Chinese Musical Instruments” a video series for Danwei.

From Wikipedia: The pipa (Chinese: 琵琶; pinyin: pípá, [pʰǐpʰǎ]) is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument, belonging to the plucked category of instruments (弹拨乐器/彈撥樂器). Sometimes called the Chinese lute, the instrument has a pear-shaped wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12–26. Another Chinese 4 string plucked lute is the liuqin, which looks like a smaller version of the pipa.

Pipa 琵琶 by Dong Nan 董楠
Chunjiang Hua Yueye – Moonlit Night on the Spring River 春江花月夜

Jonah M. Kessel | jonahkessel.com
Kit Gillet | kitgillet.com

Jeremy Goldkorn | Danwei.com
Jonah M. Kessel | jonahkessel.com
Kit Gillet | kitgillet.com

Thanks to all the featured musicians & teachers from China Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory High School.

Special thanks to Dong Nan for organizing musicians and venues.


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