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Guqin videos with atmosphere 1 古琴錄像 
Also Videos for learning guqin / Videos showing lyrics with songs 又有學古琴的錄像  
These and more are mostly all on and/or   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 disproportionately 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 with atmosphere (in nature or indoors)
    A player may be inspired by a nearby place or person

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

    2. 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

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

  2. Recitals and concerts
    Venues small or large

    1. Qiu Hong (Wild Geese in Autumm; 1425); commentary (1st 15 seconds camera shakes; compare below)
      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

    2. 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

  3. Videos animating an image, or panning/viewing sections of a long scroll, to the accompaniment of qin music
    These may have a narrative, perhaps telling a story.

    1. Qiu Hong (Autumn Geese; 1425) commentary.
      This video pans a set of 36 images illustrating the 36 section of a famou melody (compare
    2. Liu Shang (Floating Winecups; 1525) commentary.
      This video pans a long scroll illustrating poets drinking and writing poems at the famous Lanting Pavilion stream
    3. Qing Ye Yin (Clear Evening Prelude; 1525) commentary.
      This video animates a Ming dynasty scroll 項聖謨,秋林讀書 Reading in an Autumn Forest, by Xiang Shengmo (1597–1658).

Once again, there are these and more on and/or . Several others that have also appropriate long scrolls include:

  1. 18 Songs of a Nomad Flute (with Grand Version of Nomad Reed Pipe).
  2. Fisherman's Song (with the Standard Tuning Fisherman's Song).

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 comput

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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