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Yangqin
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     challenging words:    near-squared, yangqin, reflection, traditional, pipa, erhu, original, easily, stringed, such, musical, bridges, lightly, performance, trace, several
     content words:    Middle East


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Yangqin
By Vickie Chao
  

1     China has many traditional musical instruments. Most of them, such as the erhu and pipa, have been around for a long time. They can easily trace their origins back thousands of years. But the yangqin is different. Introduced from the Middle East about 500 years ago, this instrument has a rather short history in China.
 
2     The yangqin has many strings stretched across a square soundboard. Beneath these strings are several columns of "bridges." Bridges help support the strings. They also give the instrument a wide range of notes. Depending on the type of yangqin, the number of bridges varies. The original yangqin had just two bridges. But a modern one may have 3, 4, or even 5 bridges. No matter how many bridges the yangqin has, the arrangement of these bridges is always the same. Bridges on the left produce higher pitches than those on the right.

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