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Chinese Traditional Instruments: PíPá (琵琶) Posted by on Sep 27, 2011

The pípá (琵琶) is a four-stringed, plucked Chinese musical instrument often referred to as the “chinese lute”. Similar to western guitars and mandolins, the pipa has a pear-shaped wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12–30, depending upon the style and sound desired. Unlike the erhu, which is played with a bow (like…

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