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The Paqin: China’s Innovative Fusion of Traditional Pipa and Western Strings

Last Updated on 2023/12/02

Meet the Paqin: A Musical Blend of Cultures.

The “琶琴” (Paqin) is a modern bowed instrument originating in China. It features a pear-shaped body similar to that of the traditional Chinese pipa. However, this instrument is played with a bow, akin to a cello. It represents a fusion of the Chinese pipa with Western instruments like the cello and violin.

The instrument possesses a pear-shaped wooden body similar to the pipa, but unlike the pipa, it has a neck without frets and is played using a horsehair bow. It comes in different variants, including the bass version known as the dapaqin and the alto version, the xiaopaqin (小琶琴). This instrument represents a blend of the traditional Chinese pipa with elements of Western instruments like the cello and violin.

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