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Ways to play Guqin 撫琴勢

The illustration of a man playing the qin on a mat is from the Taigu Yiyin reproduced in Tong Kin-Woon's Qin Fu .1 There are several editions of this work, also known as Taiyin Daquanji (see its illustration), all said to be Ming dynasty copies of a Song dynasty original. These books have no tablature, or only brief tablature, but all contain many illustrations, plus a lot of important information about such things as qin construction, silk string manufacture, playing technique, and so forth.

The illustration of the man playing qin on a table is from Xilutang Qintong, 1525.2 Although there are many paintings showing people playing qin with the qin in their lap, it is commonly accepted that one gets better sound from playing the qin on a table.

 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. 唐健垣,琴府 Tong Kin-Woon, Qin Fu, Taiwan, 1971 & 1982, p. 37. (Return)

2. 西麓堂琴統, Xilutang Qintong, QQJC III, p. 56. (Return)

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