Guqin Resources

Here you will find a wide range and continually growing list of various links to some excellent guqin resources, pertaining to all aspects of the qin.

Perhaps the most extensive website in English dedicated to a wide variety of aspects of the culture, history, philosophy, ancient music, and info on silk strings, and the qin in general, out there. The founder of the site, John Thomspon, also the current president of the New York Qin Society, is an incredibly knowledgeable individual dedicated to the study and revival of ancient qin music, as well as a key resource for silk string information and knowledge. This website has been an invaluable resource in my journey with the qin, and I highly recommend it to all who are interested in the qin. I have also had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Mr. Thompson personally, and has provided great insight on the subject relating to silk strings.

Another exceptionally detailed and extensive website dedicated to the qin. Here you will find an excellent source of information related to the qin, including history, forms, tuning, playing techniques, stringing the instrument, and other valuable items for the interested qin enthusiast. Peiyou Chang, founder of the website and current member of the New York Qin Society, has been an incredible and tremendous personal resource in my quest in┬álearning the qin, providing me with contact and information for the New York Qin Society yaiji’s, as well as giving me the opportunity to attend and participate at these events, and helping me out with my qin studies and endeavors. Peiyou has also provided very valuable data for my qin string studies in very generously allowing me to borrow several string sets for analysis, as well as providing me with many valuable recordings, and really great feedback on some sample strings I made for her to test.

This is THE site to go to for anyone looking into making their own qin – I myself would not be where I am today if it were not for this extremely well detailed tutorial web-book pertaining to the construction of the qin. Jim Binkley, creator of the site, is exceptionally knowledgeable in qin making, and one of the only people I am aware of anywhere, making qin with alternative woods, and one of the few people outside of China making qin in general. The website provides an incredibly detailed look and explanation into every aspect of making the qin, including many pictures, detailed explanations, critical dimensions, tips and advice, and years of experience. A truly exceptional and valuable resource on all things related to the making of the qin.

A really interesting blog by PhD of Art and Sciences of Art, Shuengit Chow. She has worked on creating the world’s first ever carbon fiber guqin, and is in the process of designing and making more. Not only is this an impressive and exciting accomplishment, but it opens up a whole new world of qin design and materials to be used for qin making, as well as having significant implications on alternative qin making techniques. This blog has many entries about the process and testing of her carbon fiber qin, and is really a fascinating subject that I would recommend any qin enthusiast to take a look at and explore, and to really challenge traditional and conventional qin mentality.

Another very interesting and informative blog with qin related content, written by Charles Tsua, a very active member of the London Youlan Qin Society and the international Guqin Facebook group. While it is no longer being actively written or updated, the blog has many numerous and interesting posts relating to many qin related topics, such as string reviews, silk strings, rongkou tying, making a qin bag, and other qin related commentary.

Website of former New York Qin Society president Stephen Dydo. I had the chance to meet Mr. Dydo during a past yaiji, and had the pleasure of witnessing one of his unique electric qins. Such a qin opens up many new and unique aspects and effects to qin playing, and provides unique possibilities. Very interestingly, a solid body electric qin still sounds like a qin!

The website for the New York Qin Society, one of the prominent guqin societies in the Western World. The society has given me an incredible opportunity to connect with local qin players, and meet exceptionally knowledgeable qin players, as well as providing some incredibly memorable qin events and experiences. I would not be where I am now with my qin endeavors if it were not for the help and encouragement of the members of the New York Qin Society.

Pretty self explanatory – a good basic introductory reference on several aspects relating to the guqin.