The Guqin (pronounced Goo-Ch’in) is a long zither with seven strings. Among traditional chinese musical instruments the Guqin is the oldest with over a 3,000 year old history. Its name even reflects this
antiquity as "gu" means old and qin means "musical instrument." Its shape is unique; the top is rounded to represent the sky, but the bottom is flat to represent the earth.
To play the instrument, the strings are plucked. The player presses on a string with a finger or thumb of the left hand until it connects with the surface board and then the string is
plucked. To modify the pitch, the musician slides up and down the instrument, thereby producing further variations of sound.
To tune the Guqin, use your thumb and index finger to adjust the tension of the strings utilizing the tuning pegs at the head end. With four octaves, it's tuned in F key pentatonic scale.
Tuning in order from the 1st string to 7th string is as follows: C D F G A C D. The sound of the Guqin is softer than that of the Guzheng and is usually played solo rather than in a full