I believe many Guzheng fans have heard of Ms. Yuan Sha, From the website Baidu, Ms. Yuan is an outstanding Guzheng performance artist in contemporary China. She is also a professional Guzheng teacher at the Central Conservatory of Music and has published several Guzheng textbooks. When I decided to learn Guzheng again about two years ago, an online friend from mainland China told me that Ms. Yuan and a series of online teaching videos that she made in corporation with. Each video is not too long – they are all under 30 minute long. This time I want to share with you the first season of her Guzheng teaching lessons.
I found her full first season videos on YouTube.
The first season includes a lot of very basic topics, such as Guo, Mo, Tuo (three basic techniques), how to choose Guzheng nails, tuning, changing strings, and so on. I think it the first season is very suitable for beginners. Ms. Yuan has also simplified some very complicated music, so that beginners can follow her easily and play some very famous Chinese songs.
It is important to note that if you officially follow this video teaching series on iCanMusic, they include all the sheet music and midi music files for download. The midi music files are used as an accompaniment. Since all the songs have been simplified, they honestly don’t sound well. Ms. Yuan Sha teacher created the midi music files, so beginners can use them as used accompaniment, motivating beginners to play. Videos found elsewhere (such as YouTube) do not include sheet music or the midi music files. You can either look online or try your luck on Taobao.
I really like Ms. Yuan’s video on how to change strings. This is a technique that scares the beginners. The tuning of the film is also worth recommending. After watching the video, I realized it is not difficult to tune a Guzheng!
Ms. Yuan speaks Mandarin, but the videos come with Chinese subtitles. This is great because my Mandarin is terrible! But for those who can’t read or understand Chinese, you might not be able to enjoy this teaching series….