Most Singaporeans, regardless of racial background, will be quite familiar with Chinese Period Dramas and/or ancient Chinese paintings. No doubt, the proverbial scene would be set in the garden of some high-ranking official or even the Palace. And seated in a gazebo, amidst the lush greenery, an epitome of inimitable beauty, usually from noble birth, would always be depicted playing the guzheng.
Dating back to the Qin Dynasty (897 – 221 BC), the Gu Zheng was also known as the Qin Zheng, having originated from the Qin State. Probably one of the most important musical instruments in the history of Asian Music culture, the ancient guzheng was most elemental in the development of the modern guzheng, the Japanese koto, the Korean gayageum and also the Mongolian yatga.
Haven’t lost you, I hope? Good. There have been doubts about this instrument and its relevance to modern life so I’m going to answer the most common ones. First of all, yes, GUYS CAN PLAY THE GUZHENG TOO. Second, you can be a total bull in a china shop (like me) and still immediately turn into the most graceful being once you’re seated at the guzheng. Yes, seated only, not even playing yet. Once you start playing, O-M-G much?! Third, you don’t need to have one at home since we offer our studios for practice at very competitive rates.
For the answers to all of your other questions, do not hesitate to call us at 6533 2800 or visit us at the studio and speak to any one of our very friendly bilingual staff. I look forward to warmly welcoming you on your first day of lessons.