Age: Children/Youth group class, 5 - 6 person, 10 lessons per course

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Fee: $15/hour/person, $28 for 2 hours

Private lesson is also available

We create a positive, supportive and encouraging atmosphere for learning. We believe that motivation and enthusiasm is the key to all successful learning and we help students by providing interesting and enjoyable music, opportunities to play with others and perform for an audience, and at the same time helping them achieve technical competence through hard work, self-discipline and determination.

Beginners I

  • Brief history and structure of the Guzheng
  • How to care for your instrument
  • how to tune a Guzheng
  • Reading Chinese simplified music notation
  • How to use left (optional) and right hand picks
  • Sitting position, posture and hand shapes
  • Recognize the 21 strings
  • Basic fingering techniques I: use of thum, index, middle and forth fingers, intervals and vibrato, glide

Upon the completion of the course, students are able to play some simple melodies on the Guzheng, et. Xiao Ao Jiang Hu, cradle song, and Beauty Yu.

Beginners II

This course covers more basic fingering techniques including bending, glissando and left hand plucking.

Many short songs and common melodies utilizing the basic fingering techniques are covered, eg. Jasmine Flowers, Bay of Nan Ni, Purple Bamboo Tune. Upon completion of the course, students are able to play some simple melodies on the Guzheng including some simple Grade 1 level exam songs like the Thousand Voice Buddha and the golden mountain of Peking.

Beginners III

This course is a continuation of Beginners I and Beginners II, and goes onwards to cover more songs and techniques, including introductory tremolo. At the end of the course, the student will be able to play some famous Guzheng solo pieces, like the Fisherman Boat Song.

The Moments

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