North American Guqin Association

NAGA Guqin Events for March 2005

Dear qin friends,

Sunday, March 20th is a Chinese holiday (chunfen) to celebrate the beauty of spring. There will be a full day of qin events:

·       The third guqin master class

·       Dinner gathering

·       Guqin yaji

The third guqin master class

NAGA director Wang Fei will continue the course on guqin learning and technique. Topics will include:

1.     Schools of qin music (qinpai).

2.     Guqin Masters From this session we shall introduce representative guqin masters by reading, watching or listening to their works. We will start with Professor Li Xiangting, since the memory of his remarkable visit to the US is still fresh in our minds. Please see a list of Prof. Li Xiangting's recordings prepared by master class assistant Julian Joseph.

3.     Masterpieces We will also introduce some of the masterpieces of the qin repertory, starting this session with Jiu Kuang. A lot of different versions of Jiu Kuang have been recorded. You will get a feel for what dapu is and the differences between various musicians' interpretations and styles.
Please see a list of recordings of Jiu Kuang prepared by master class assistant Julian Joseph.

4.     There are many ancient stories and legends associated with the guqin. We will introduce some of these.

5.     Review of basic right and left hand techniques

6.     How to play Jiu Kuang. Every participant who so wishes will have the opportunity to play and get advice.

7.     Group activity.

The following are the reference articles from books for this session:

• Selected Essays on the Guqin by Li Xiangting (published privately by NAGA in 1999)

• The Art of the Guqin by Liu Chenhua (Jiangsu Art Publisher house, 2002)

• Zhongguo Qinshi Yanyi ( Anecdotes about qin players past and present) by Yan Wei.

This master class will be held on Sunday, March 20th from 2pm to 5pm. The cost is $60 for people who are not currently enrolled in Wang Fei's private class, payable either in advance online (preferably), in which case the address will be given upon receipt of your payment, or at the door (cash only). If you want to pay at the door please email for the address and directions). The class will take place in the Fremont area. David Wong will bring his professional Chinese tea set and serve us fine tea. 

Please register now

These classes are open to all who are interested in finding out more about the guqin. For those currently learning to play from Ms. Wang Fei, they are an important component of the curriculum. The classes also provide necessary foundation knowledge before you learn to play from a reputable guqin teacher, as they are often very selective about which students they will teach.

Our master classes are held once a month. Please see details at

Places are limited, so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Dinner gathering

After the class we shall have dinner at a very fine Chinese restaurant. Qin lovers and food lovers can meet informally.

The Bay area is very diverse and we are fortunate to have discovered many different cuisines there. For Chinese food alone, there are numerous good authentic restaurants. For all of you food and qin lovers in the Bay area, this is a great opportunity to meet other qin and food friends! Bring your friends along too! 

When: Sunday, March 20, 2005

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Where: TBA

Please RSVP to Alice Tan if you plan to attend this event by March 19th. Email or phone 408-725-8668.

Guqin yaji

On Sunday, March 20th, At 7pm there will be a guqin yaji at the Union City Library. We can play qin, chat about qin, meet qin friends face to face instead of online, listen to qin music by different players, probably from different teachers or schools, play instruments made by various qin makers, and exchange information.

The qin gathering is open to anyone interested in guqin music. Other instrumental players and singers are welcome. We can enjoy doing some experimentation.

When: Sunday, March 20, 2005

Time: 7:00pm

Where: Union City Library meeting room
34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd.
Union City, CA 94587

(510) 489-1655

Please click here for directions.

Entry to the yaji is free and anybody with an interest in guqin is welcome. Bring your friends along too! 
If anyone is interested in attending or plans to play something, please sign up and submit your program by clicking

At the request of many qin lovers, we will try to get together and have a yaji more often. From this March, a dinner gathering and guqin yaji will take place immediately after each master class. 

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