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郭慧詩老師 – 古箏初級課程書 / Beginners’ Guzheng Course Book

多年前還住在香港的時候,第一次跟兩位朋友一起到銅鑼灣的中國古箏學院學古箏。這個地方是郭慧詩老師開辦的。雖然當時郭老師不是我們的老師,但是我們用的第一本書便是郭老師出的古箏初級課程 (附中級樂譜),90年代出版的。上網找找,只看到香港商務印書館還有出售,當然我相信還可以親身到中國古箏學院購買。這次是想跟大家分享一下這本書。

這本書的特點,是包括了很多很簡易彈的歌曲。前部分簡單介紹各種基本指法 (如托、抺、勾等等)。一開始也包括了超級簡單的曲譜,就是用最簡的一、兩個指法也可以彈出來的歌,如「末代皇帝」、「滄海一聲笑」。歌曲編排由最簡單的,慢慢加入不同新的指法,慢慢增加難度。後面還有」「鳳陽花鼓」、「花非花」、「康定情歌」、「小城故事」、「紅彩妹妹」、「何日君再來」、「喜洋洋」、「生日歌」。到書本的最後,有一首數頁長的、簡單版「春江花月夜」;這首歌包括了不同的指法:勾托抺托、花指、流水、顫音、大撮等等。我估計程度大約一至二級。這本書大部分的拍子也很簡單,對新手來說算容易掌握。

先說說,我並無收稿費寫這文章。不過我個人認為這本書真的不錯,很適合新手。市場上有很多古箏書籍,但是當我一打開,很多時都看到很多從未聽過的曲,對我來說有點難投入。特別對新手的朋友,如果可以短時間來懂得彈秦一、兩首簡單的歌曲,相信會是一大動力和鼓舞。而這本書正是收錄了很多大家都會聽過的曲,如「生日歌」、「小城故事」、「未代皇帝」。再者,這本書也不貴,不到一百元港幣,所以對新手來說值得考慮!

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Many years ago when I was living in Hong Kong, I went to the Chinese Guzheng College in Causeway Bay for the first time to learn Guzheng with two friends. This place was run by Ms. Kwok. Although she was not our teacher at the time, the first course book we used was written by her (name: Beginners’ Guzheng Course book). The book was published in the 90’s. Earlier this week when I googled online, I saw that Hong Kong Commercial Press stills sells it. And the Chinese Guzheng College probably still sells it in their office.

I want to share this book with you. This book includes a lot of very easy songs for beginners. The first part of the book briefly introduces a variety of basic techniques. It also includes many well-known Chinese songs, such as “The Last Emperor”. The level of difficult slightly increases towards the second part of the book, that includes well-known songs “Small Town Story” and “Happy Birthday Song”. Towards the end of this book, there is this famous song “River and Flowers in the Spring under the Moonlight” but of course, a simplified, easy version. This song involves more techniques, such as glissando and vibrato. I guess its level of difficulty is be about one to two. Most of the songs in this book are very easy to master for beginners. However, this book is printed in traditional Chinese only.

A disclaimer: I did not get pay to write this review. But personally, this book is one of my favourite because of its simplicity. There are a lot of Guzheng books on the market; however, many of them consist of songs that I have never heard of. I think for beginners, if they can play some simple, well-known songs in a short period of time, this can be a big motivation for them.  This book is the collection of a lot of music pieces that many Chinese have heard of, such as “Happy Birthday Song”, “Small Town Story”, “The Last Emperor.” Besides, this book is not expensive. It costs less than $100 Hong Kong dollars, so I think it is worth considering for beginners!

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