North American Guqin Association

NAGA Guqin Cultural Class


Time: February 15th, Sunday 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Venue: Union City, CA

Fee: $60

Class Summary

Confucius said: ¡°To educate somebody, you should start with poetry, emphasize rituals, and finish with music¡±. The guqin is not merely a musical skill, it embodies the whole gamut of Chinese culture and tradition. So the guqin was a very important subject in his education system.

Wang Fei studied guqin under Professor Li Xiangting, one of the great qin master of this century, since 1985. She has inherited the traditions, styles, concepts and masterpieces of her ¡°grand teachers¡± Zha Fuxi, Wu Jinglue and Guan Pinghu, the three greatest qin masters of the last century, and transmits them through her guqin teaching, performance and promotion in the western world. Wang Fei is one of the few qin teachers who offer guqin lessons in traditional form, covering both qin playing and qin study. She frequently uses the guqin as a vehicle to promote Chinese culture in mainstream universities.

The topics Wang Fei will cover include, but are not limited to, the following:

-      The Guqin in Chinese Art

-      The Guqin in Chinese Poetry

-      The Guqin in Chinese Philosophy

-      The Guqin As a Musical Instrument

-      Qin history, tradition, theory, handbooks and repertory

-      Introduction to qin masterpieces

-      How to appraise the guqin music you hear, how to observe a player's posture and hand gestures, and how to recognize different styles

-      Dapu (reconstruction of early pieces from the original scores) and improvisation

-      Tips for playing and performance

-      Appreciation of qins from different makers: form, construction, sound quality etc.

-      Fitting strings, tuning, how to select a qin, and qin maintenance

These classes are open to all who are interested would like to know more about the guqin and Chinese culture. Classes will be interactive, consisting of lectures, audio-visual sessions, demonstrations and discussions.

The number of places is limited, and space is available on a first-come-first-served basis, so please register now!

Your reservation is not confirmed until NAGA staff contact you and your registration is fully paid. No refunds or exchanges once payment is received.

Fill out the registration below and print out along with your payment send to:

North American Guqin Association

PO BOX 7113

Fremont, CA 94537-7113

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