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Pinghu style of playing traditional 'pipa'

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated : Jan 7, 2022

As an internationally known region for playing the traditional Chinese pipa - the plucked string instrument - Pinghu county boasts its own distinctive style of playing which belongs to the five major pipa schools in China.

Pinghu county is in Jiaxing city in eastern Zhejiang province.

The Pinghu school of pipa playing has been divided into two styles: the Hai (Pudong style) and Zhe (Pinghu style). 

In addition, the skill of Lunzhi (rotating fingers) has been considered as a basic skill for playing the pipa, where the fingers move like a wheel and continuously pluck the strings.

Master Li Fangyuan during Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) was considered as the doyen of the Pinghu school of pipa performance and his work Li's Musical Notation marked the beginning of the Pinghu pipa school.

The Pinghu pipa school of playing was included in the list of second batch of China's national intangible cultural heritages.