I have been sick for so long (thanks to my little one who goes to daycare), my cough simply wouldn’t go away. Now, I finally feel a bit better and can write a new blog post :). A while ago, I wrote a blog post about the “GuZheng Exam Level 1-6” book. This time, I will talk about its Level 7-9 (+ diploma) book.
Similar to the Level 1-6 book, if you live outside mainland China, as far as I know, most students need to use this book. For example, students in Hong Kong, Canada and the U.S. are required to use this book to take the annual Guzheng exam. I bought mine from the B.C Chinese Music Association in Canada last year for about $30 cdn. The book is printed in traditional Chinese. The Hong Kong Examinations Assessment Authority can also mail it to places outside Hong Kong, so this gives some flexibility if you can’t purchase from a local examination authority.
This Level 7-9 book does not have as many songs as the Level 1-6 one. This is, I guess, mainly because level 7-9 songs are generally longer. For level 7 and level 8, each level has four practice songs and four main songs. For level 9 and the performance level, each level has three practice songs and four main songs. This book includes some very famous songs, such as Some of the more famous pieces of music such as “A man should be self-reliant” and “Fighting with Typhoons”. The end of each level includes a section that talks about the background of each song.
Currently, I am practicing “The Dawn in Spring in the Snowy Mountain” of Level 8. I feel that this is way more difficult than the songs from Level 7. It reminds me of the difficulty when I first started playing level 5 – I remember when I finished level 4 and started level 5, I found the gap in the difficulty was really big. Now I have the same feeling for Level 8.
What you need to know is that, similar to the Level 1-6 book, there are many mistakes in the book – there are quite a lot of printing errors. So, it would be great to ask other Guzheng players or your teachers to ensure that you make those corrections before playing.