North American Guqin Association

4 day guqin workshop with Wang Fei


Dear Qin Friends,

The guqin is a unique Chinese musical instrument with many playing techniques that need to be taught orally by masters. Unfortunately, there are very few guqin teachers in the United States. More and more people are becoming fascinated by the guqin but cannot find a qualified teacher. Even self-teach is very difficult because there is no English instructional material.

NAGA is planning a 4 day intensive workshop starting August 7, 2010.

Courses objectives

The goal of this workshop is to enable students to experience what the guqin is, and learn authentic guqin playing in a very intensive period with a master. The course will concentrate on the major left and right hand techniques. Students will meet others with the same interest from different areas and make qin friends.

After the workshop

Local students can continue their guqin study by joining the upcoming advanced guqin class ¡°Chinese poetry through the guqin: a practical tool to learn Chinese language and culture¡±or private class, and learn traditional guqin pieces. For details, please visit

Non-local students can teach themselves by following NAGA's instructional material set (book, video, Chinese English dictionary of guqin terms, etc).

Times and dates

There are 3 difference time slots for this class. Please select the time most convenient for you when you to enroll. Classes start at 2:00pm, and last 1.5 hours to 3 hours, depending on the number of students.

1. Class A: two weekends, August 7, 8 and 14, 15, Saturdays and Sundays.

2. Class B: Saturday to Tuesday, August 7, 8, 9, 10

3. Class C: Thursday to Sunday, August, 12, 13, 14, 15


$400 for 4 days


Union City, CA. Address to be announced after registration. Accessible by public transportation.

Class size

Because we intend to run a beginner-friendly group using a traditional teaching style, one student per guqin, space is limited.


Instruments can be either rented for the full 4 days duration of the course (rental can be credited towards the purchase of a qin) or purchased from the teacher.

Chinese music specialist and NAGA class sponsor will provide discounts for students enrolled in the 10 week class, with prices of guqins starting from only $199 (please see the description of each model recommended for students enrolled in this class).

Good guqins will be provided for use during the classes, one for each student. Students do not need to bring their own instruments.


Classes will be led by NAGA Director and China Guqin Committee Council member Wang Fei. Wang Fei has a background in classical Chinese literature and guqin music as and has been a Mandarin news host and producer at China National Radio. She studied guqin under Professor Li Xiangting, one of the great guqin masters 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 guqin 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 guqin teachers who offer guqin lessons in traditional form, covering both guqin playing and guqin study. She has won several awards for Chinese music, has toured internationally and has given speeches, lectures, workshops and seminars on the guqin at many prestigious universities including Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and the Central Conservatory of Music. She has also given presentations on Chinese culture to many Fortune 500 companies.


The number of places is limited, and space is available on a first-come-first-served basis, so please register now! Email registration is highly recommended! Please email your registration form to

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

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

Please click here for registration form:

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For details of any of these classes and to enroll, please email or call 1-866-841-9139 ext.1555.


This workshop is part of NAGA's new series"The art of Guqin, Beyond a Museum Piece" supported by The Alliance for California Traditional Arts and friends of the North American Guqin Association. The series will also include an upcoming guqin concert ¡° From Before the Tang Dynasty to Today¡± on May 30, 2010 feature at the San Francisco International Art Festival 2010 and will be followed by an SFIAF celebration party.Please order ticket now at

About NAGA

The North American Guqin Association (NAGA) is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to the public presentation and preservation of the art of the guqin, spreading community appreciation of Chinese culture through the traditional art of the guqin and building a bridge for cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the Chinese and American communities. NAGA offers guqin classes, performances, recordings, workshops etc.

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