Chinese Arts & Music Association

Instruments

Yangqin

Yangqin originates from the Middle East and was introduced into China during the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Yangqin has a horizontal solid-wood box, on top of which are bronze plates and two bridges. There are metal strings stretched over the bridges. Two little bamboo hammers, with the size of a chopstick and one held in each hand, are used to hit strings strung in pairs. This produces a high and tinkling timbre in its top registers, a soft and beautiful tone in the middle and a strong rich sound in the lower registers.The Yangqin sounds more or less like a piano. It has the widest range of scale amongst the Chinese plucked-strings instruments (about 5 octaves).