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Chinese New Year 2009, Newcastle upon Tyne

Traditional music

One of the delights of joining our Chinese friends on this day away from South Shields was the joy of listening to some traditional Chinese music played on traditional instruments. This young lady (I’m sorry I didn’t note her name) is renowned for her excellent skills in playing the pipa.

The pipa is associated with the lute family, a  four-stringed lute with 30 frets and a pear-shaped body. The instrumentalist holds the pipa upright and plays it with five small plectra attached to each finger of the right hand. The pipa history can be dated back at least 2000 years and developed from pentatonic to full scales. This instrument has extremely wide dynamic range and remarkable expressive power

Camera details: Pentax K100d, 450 mm lens, 1/250 second, f5.6, iso 800


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Written by curly

February 13, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. Great photo – the color balance of the red tones make the photo outstanding.


    February 14, 2009 at 12:58 am

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