古箏，又稱「箏」(簡體：筝) 或「秦箏」，是中國撥弦樂器。其音域甚廣,音色純美清麗。目前最常用的古箏是 21弦箏。
Guzheng (Chinese: 古箏), also known as the Chinese zither, is a Chinese plucked string instrument with a more than 2,500 years of history. It usually has 16 or more strings and movable bridges. The modern Guzheng usually has 21 strings, and is 64 inches long.
Guzheng players often wear finger nails (or picks), made from materials such as ivory, tortoiseshell, resin or hard plastic, on one or both hands.
Guzheng has inspired other Asian zithers, such as the Japanese koto, the Korean gayageum and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. A Guzheng is not the same as a Guqin (another ancient Chinese zither without moveable bridges).
An early Guzheng emerged during the “Chinese Seven Warring States” period. By the Tang Dynasty, Guzheng might have become the most commonly played instrument in China. The modern Guzheng differs from those made centuries ago due to local influences and the adoption of Western musical styles. Strings, once made of silk, are now almost always steel coated in nylon.
Guzheng is plucked with finger nails attached to four fingers of one or both hands. Traditional playing styles involve the use of the right hand to pluck notes and the left hand to change the pitch or produce vibrato by pressing the strings. Modern styles or advanced players often use both hands to strike notes.
It is important to note that as a music lover, it is our responsibility not to kill any animals to get our finger nails (picks). Many rare species of tortoise are facing extinction. It is our job to find better alternatives to tortoise shells to make our finger nails. For more information about finger nails, please check out my other posts.