Listen Up! “Y” is for Yangqin


YWe go back to China for the “Y” post. The yangqin, or yang ch’in, is a trapezoidal dulcimer-like instrument, originally from Persia (believed to have been introduced to China via the Silk Road). Hammered dulcimers are very popular in China, and also in the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and Eastern Europe.

With bronze or silk strings, the yangqin has a soft tone, although steel strings are more commonly used today.