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Guqin videos 1 古琴錄像 
Also Videos for learning guqin / Videos showing lyrics with songs 學古琴的錄像  
  Playing qin in nature: opening scene of a documentary 2                
The image at right links to a documentary about my work. In general this page has links to videos that try to capture something of the atmosphere of a performance or of playing in nature. So far, almost all of these videos were made for teaching purposes: as can be seen in those examples the camera is so close to the action that the qin is disproportionally large. The aim there is to mimic the setting where a student sits facing the teacher and learns by copying.

Two other types of videos show the qin played outside a studio, perhaps in nature; and qin music accompanying the panning of a long scroll.

  1. :Videos of Qin played outside the studio; in nature
    These put more of a focus on atmosphere.

    1. Yang Chun (Sunny Spring; 1425); commentary
      Opening scene of the
      documentary film Music Beyond Sound.

    2. Jiu Kuang (Wine Mad; 1589); commentary; transcription (w/1425) (sung)
      Another excerpt from the film, this one demonstrating an old drinking song

    3. Si Qin Cao (Thinking of Parents; 1511); commentary; transcription (sung)
      Playing qin on one's lap in a memorial garden; another video shows it played on a table

    4. Qiu Hong (Wild Geese in Autumm; 1425); commentary (1st 15 seconds camera shakes)
      From the《神奇秘譜》學術交流會
      Shen Qi Mi Pu Academic Seminar, Beijing, November, 1992 organized at the end of Phase 1 of my Shen Qi Mi Pu Project

    5. Chang Qing (Long Clarity; 1425); commentary
      From a 1989 Taipei concert in honor of my teacher
      Sun Yuqin being named a National Living Cultural Treasure.
      Around that time I was experimenting with the use of nylon metal strings; see also performance attire.

  2. :Videos panning a long scroll to the accompaniment of Qin music
    Tnese have a narrative, perhaps talling a story.

    1. Liu Shang (Floating Winecups; 1525) commentary.
      This video pans a long scroll illustrating poets drinking and writing poems at the famous Lanting Pavilion stream

    More of these can be added, such as one made with scroll of the Fisherman's Song. or one connecting a serious of related prints such as one with 36 paintings, one for each section of Autumn Geese.

Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. Guqin videos
Most of the videos currently online here are .mp4 files with sizes ranging from about 30 MB to over 100 MB per minute. Depending on the computer, it may be possible to play them simply by clicking on them, or it might be better first to download them onto a computer.

2. Playing qin in nature: opening scene of a documentary   (trailer on a separate page)
This two hour documentary by 劉成漢 Lau Shing Hon is called 希聲,一個美國琴人的境界 Music Beyond Sound : An American's World of Guqin"; made over 10 years, it was completed in 2019. The opening scene was shot by a rock overlooking the South China Sea on Cheung Chau Island, where I lived for 24 years and still maintain a residence.


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