Chinese  Dulcimer

The hammered dulcimer is a percussion-stringed instrument. It is originated from Europe by the century 16th. Then it was introduced to Southern coastal China through trading with the Middle East and it was well adopted by Chinese. The word dulcimer derived from the Latin word ‘Dulcis’ (sweet) and the Greek word ‘Melos’ (song). The Chinese dulcimer is also called Yang Qin (pronounced "yahng-cheen"). The most common model consists of 147 steel strings and its hammered are made of flexible bamboo with a thin layer of rubber on the head.


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