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Traditional Chinese Instruments

Global Studies Period 5/6

Joel Collier

on 27 April 2010

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Traditional Chinese Instruments
Xiao Dizi Sheng Guan Suona All of these instruments are those that are wind instruments. They need wind blown through them to make a sound The Dizi is a bamboo made instrument that has finger holes that change the pitch coming out of the end. You use the mouth piece at the top to blow through. The Suona is an ancient Chinese wind instrument with a history of more than two thousand years. The Suona is made in a number of different sizes, with ranges ranging from soprano, alto to bass. It has a wooden body in the middle and a metal bell at one end and a double reed at the other.
With a history of over 3,000 years, the Sheng is one of the oldest Chinese instruments whose manufacture and use were documented in ancient Chinese history. The traditional Sheng is made up of 13 or 14 pieces of reeds. As the Sheng can produce chords as well as single notes, it is effective as both a solo and accompanying instrument. Its pleasing and expressive tones are particularly appealing to the audience.
Similar to the Dizi, the Xiao also has a history of over 2,000 years, and traces its origin to the Han Dynasty when it was called Giandi. It was in the Tang and Sung Dynasty, when the Dizi began to be played in an upright position that the name Xiao was adopted.
The Guan is normally divided into the Northern Guan and Southern Guan, which vary in both structure and tone colour. The Northern Guan is made of wood while the Southern Guan is made of bamboo. The Guan has a very peculiar tone and is often used to add special colours to ensemble and orchestral music. There are many more instruments to be shown that China has created, but there is just to many to share if you would like to see more the link to the best website for information and pictures is
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/MusicOffice/MusicTool/chi_eng_main.html For my evaluation i have decided to chose and create a day for my topic of Traditional Chinese instruments. This day would contain the playing of many instruments and would occur all across China. Everyone could enjoy the greatness and pleasure these instruments bring to everyone and how they create goodness in people's hearts. People should enjoy this event because it is a pasttime to play instruments and hear their beautiful sounds. JOEL B. COLLIER THE ENDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!! :) Joel Collier
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