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Chinese Music

Introduction to Chinese music, instruments and the pentatonic scale...

Tim Bradshaw

on 28 December 2012

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Transcript of Chinese Music

Chinese music is documented to reach as far back as 1122 BC. In Chinese mythology it is said that Ling Lun was the founder of music, creating bamboo flutes that made the sounds of many birds, "in which he invented the five notes of the ancient Chinese five-tone scale". These are: gong, shang, jiao, zhi, and yu. This scale is otherwise known as the PENTATONIC scale. The pentatonic scale lacks the most dissonant intervals between notes. There are no semitone movements meaning that any notes within the scale can be played in any order or combination without clashing. Chinese Music Pentatonic Scale Gong Dizi Guqin Urhu Pipa C D E G A C Gb Ab Bb Db Eb Gb Instruments
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