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Playing pipa, the traditional Chinese musical instrument

      What does a pipa (琵琶) sound like? It sounds like it's spelled.   The pipa is one of the world's few major instruments that derives its name from the sound it makes.   Its four strings are plucked with picks worn on the performer’s fingertips. Depending on which direction the string is plucked, it produces either a "pi" or a “pa” sound.   Although it is now intimately associated with Chinese music, both as a solo i...Read More