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John Thompson and the Silk String Guqin 1
Qin and Se:   
Marital harmony 
  1. My work, including:   short bio and performance themes, such as Marco Polo. Also: my repertoire, performances, CDs and books and my qin work (see also teaching).
  2. Qin handbooks;   includes Qinshu Cunmu, an annotated listing; Taiyin Daquanji and Qinshu Daquan with extensive commentary; Individual pages mostly introduce melodies (see also melody lists), with focus on the earliest surviving tablature beginning with:
    You Lan, Shen Qi Mi Pu, Zheyin Shizi Qinpu, Taigu Yiyin. Xilutang Qintong.
  3. The physical qin, including: physical characteristics, acquiring a qin, qins in captivity, tassels, studs, and silk strings,
  4. Qin in art, including: depictions of qins and illustrations of guqin melodies
  5. Poetry and song, including: Ci Lyrics and 17th century drinking song lyrics.
  6. Qin music; links to many sound files, including: New pieces (see also my CDS Shen Qi Mi Pu and Music Beyond Sound).
  7. Play Qin ; including: teaching HIP, beginners' melodies such as Xianweng Cao, fingering illustrations.
  8. Qin Analysis, including: Dapu: Bringing Old Music to Life; Historically Informed Qin Performance; Just Intonation Tuning?; Mode in Early Ming Qin Tablature; Rhythm in Early Ming Qin Tablature; Tuning a Qin; and Bell Yung on Dapu.
  9. Qin history, from its origins. Includes: Excerpts from Xu Jian's introductory history; plus classical sources, mostly arranged in Biographies;
    more on lore as well as history are translated from Qinshu Daquan
  10. Qin ideology, including: An article in Orientations by James Watt; observations from R.H. van Gulik.
  11. Miscellaneous information, including: A brief introduction to the silk-string zither; or is it a "lute"?; a website glossary; the guqin work of 1956 led by Zha Fuxi (plus his Guide and List); the four arts of the Chinese scholar; Muller on a 1912 recording; Kurt Sachs on the qin; John Blofeld hears a qin; gagaku.
  12. Where to get more information, including: a Bibliography (see also the Abbreviations); a list of silk string qin CDs, or metal string qin CDs; links to other sites.
  13. Personal matters, including: The HK Festival of Asian Arts; Performers at the 17 FAAs; My move to New York; My father: author; and Directions to my home;

Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. Please note: As of March 2004 I converted the Chinese characters on this site from Big-5 into Unicode (UTF-8). I also took characters formerly embedded in the text and put them into footnotes. If anyone finds embedded or non-Unicode characters, please tell me.