Name: Luiyeqin

Type: Lute > Chordophone.

Region: China > Far East Asia.

Dimensions: Scale Length in cm.

Acquisition Date:

Acquisition Source: Randy Raine-Reusch.

Description: The liuyeqin [in Chinese: 柳琴, in pinyin liǔq�n] is a plucked lute and a member of the cordophone family of musical instruments. Resembling a small sized pipa in appearance. Between the two instruments the playing technique does greatly differ. A plectrum is used in playing the liuyeqin. The liuyeqin evolved since its debut in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) this version originally had three strings. The meaning of the name liuyeqin comes from two words liuye meaning [willow or quill] and qin meaning musical instrument.

Liuyeqin Tunings
Standard D A D
Tang Dynasty D G D
1975 A D A D

Repertoire: The repertoire as played on the liuyeqin ranges from traditional Chinese opera, narrative music in particular Suzhou pingtan, in northern Jiangsu, Southern Shandong and Anhui.

Construction: The liuyeqin has a pare shaped body that resembles its larger pipa counterpart. Having a relatively short neck up to a total of 15 raised bamboo frets. Four wooden friction tuning pegs are attached on either side of the peg box. In 1975 a five stringed liuyeqin was developed.

Citations: Bibliography: New grove Dictionary Book G to O Stanley Sadie. page. 533 Alan R. Thrasher. Website / luyeqin.