Changing Guzheng strings sounds scary to many people because they are afraid that they will break the strings again, or the strings are not well installed. The first time when I had to replace my string was about after using my new Guzheng for about 1.5 years.
I remembered I was playing some songs. Suddenly the eighth string broke. After one or two months, then it was the twelfth string that broke. Then, the seventh string… I didn’t play too rough, but I do play every day. Wear and tear leads to breaking a string.
The first time I changed the strings, I was really scared. I relied on watching a YouTube video for three to four times.. Now I can change a string in about 15 minutes.
Here’s the video.
In fact, it is not very difficult to change the strings. The most time consuming part for me is to tune the string afterwards. The actual process of getting rid of the old string and threading the new string is relatively easy and fast; it usually takes me a bout five minutes. I found some great illustrations on online and hope they are useful to you (please see images below).
- Don’t be afraid to change the strings. It is normal to see broken strings because of frequent use and wear and tear.
- The thicker the string, the more force needed to turn the wrench.
- After a new string is installed, its sound may be out of tune all the time. It will stabilize after a few days.
- The video I shared above taught one more step than illustrations shown below – the video teaches students to make a circle in the opposite direction after the 14th step to increase the stability and security. I have been doing the same.