Plucked Lute > Chordophone.
China > Far East Asia.
Scale Length cm.
Acquisition Date:

Acquisition Source:
China, Randy Raine-Reusch.

Description: The liuyeqin [in Chinese: 柳琴, p liǔqín] is a plucked lute and a member of the cordophone family of musical instruments. Being a tear drop shaped lute, although this instrument resembles a pipa. The playing techniques do differ greatly due to the use of a plectrum. As an instrument the liuyeqin evolved since its debut in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) this version originally had three strings.

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

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. The meaning of the name liuyeqin comes from two words “liuye meaning [willow or quill] and qin meaning musical instrument. The liuyeqin has a relatively short neck up to a total of 15 raised bamboo frets. In 1975 a version of the liuyeqin having five strings was developed.

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