NGD: Another Exotic Acquisition

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  1. Bloody_Inferno

    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    Another browse in the usual pawn store and I saw this dirt cheap. So I went and grabbed it.

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    New Guqin Day.

    For those who don't know, the Guqin is a Chinese variation of the zither, this time without the moveable string trees. It uses silk or nylon strings (in my case the latter), tuned to a bass/cello register and played like a lap steel using finger slides.

    TL/DR, it's the instrument used in this scene in Hero.



    At the moment the tuning pegs are slightly loose so I currently can't tune it high enough for it's traditional tuning so I've got it in low A, B, D, E, F#, A, B. Of course if I get too lazy, I can always tune it in 4ths. :lol:
     
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    M3CHK1LLA angel sword guardian

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    congrats!

    looks like fun...I'd love to try one out.
     
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    ilyti Lazy Ryebread Viking

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    Who knew the Chinese figured out headless, fretless ERGs years ago!?
     
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    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    Years is an understatement. This dates back to nearly 3000 years of history and considered one of if not the oldest instruments instruments in China. Hell, Confucius played one apparently.
     
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    Dayum. I wish any place near me would have cool instruments to grab dirt-cheap.

    We demand videos! Well, ok, not demand, but ask nicely. Please? :D
     
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    Duuuude! That's awesome! You should totally start a Jambinai-style post rock band!
     
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    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    Cheers mate! :cheers:

    I was a little pitchy, but considering I only played it for 10 minutes prior before attempting to improvise something cold, I guess it's not too bad. :lol:

    Starting a Jambinai/Zhaoze style post rock band is indeed tempting, but it's the last thing on my schedule right now. My prog band where I play bass in is currently in the process of recording an album so this and my erhu is gonna be incorporated into the music.
     
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    Harry Doom man of Doom. Contributor

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    This thing is quite ridiculous. You'll be the first known Australian virtuoso on the Guqin I hope :lol:
     
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    That sounds so... calming :wub:
    What an incredible instrument.
    -->I'm off to youtube:idea:
     
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    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    That's a nice prospect, but I'm struggling on the guitar as it is. :lol: Plus I've also committed to at least playing the erhu at an acceptable level.

    I have used the erhu for recording and I've already written a song with the guqin with Vitruvian Man. So... I hope it works too. :lol:
     

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