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Wu Ye Ti / Compare the Shen Qi Mi Pu melody (Complete Recording from my SQMP CD)
Evening Call of the Raven: Transcription of the Opening

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This sample from my CD Music Beyond Sound is notated as follows (from p. 78 of Music Beyond Sound, the book. The book includes some explanation of qin tablature; online Christopher Evans has more under Technique and Notation.

Printed under the staff notation are lyrics which say, "bi tian ye ru xi, yue zhao huang yun cheng shang, han wu jie, ya ya zhi shang ti" (jade sky evening becomes pure; moon shines yellow clouds city above, cold raven joins, 'ya' 'ya' branch on calls). Under this is the handwritten tablature.

The tablature is translated below. "Chi #" in the first column refers to the symbols or clusters in the tablature line.

Chi # Note # Translation of the Chinese shorthand
0 nil (omitted as superfluous; it says "left and right [hands] together")
1 - 3 1 - 7 open strings; right index finger "brushes" from strings 1 to 7
4 nil harmonics begin
5 8 left ring finger at 7th position; right middle finger "hooks" 1st string inward
6 9 same but on 2nd string
7 10 same but on 3rd string
8 nil harmonics end
9 11 left thumb stops below 6th position; right index finger "rubs" 7th string inward
10 nil beginning of a section called "moon"
11-14 12 - 20 left thumb stays in position; right fingers do "long chain" (9 notes) on 7th string.
15 nil harmonics begin
16 21 left ring finger at 7th position; right middle finger "kicks" 6th string outward
17 - 19 22 - 24 same but on 5th, 4th then 3rd strings
20 nil harmonics end
21 25 left thumb stops below the 6th position; right thumb "splits" 7th string inward
22 nil "don't move" the left finger (in preparation for a later note)

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