Ancient legend: Fuxi and Phoenix Sycamore wood lute making journey

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In the ancient times, Fuxi, the cultural ancestor of the Chinese nation, with his outstanding wisdom and profound insight into the universe, created a far-reaching artistic initiative -- piano making. This legend is like a bright pearl inlaid in the long history of Chinese civilization, and is still praised by later generations.

Ancient legend: Fuxi and Phoenix Sycamore wood lute making journey

Saying that Fuxi observed the nature of heaven and earth, felt the growth of all things, and especially noticed a mysterious phenomenon: whenever the sky is wide and clouds are swirling, there are always two beautiful phoenixes dancing in the plane tree forest, they seem to only love a certain plane tree towering into the sky. Fuxi was keenly aware that this might be a gift from heaven to create an artifact that could communicate the hearts of the earth and the earth.

So, Fuxi ordered people to cut down a three-zhang-three-foot-high plane tree and cut it into three sections according to the concept of heaven, earth and man, implying the harmonious order of the universe. However, the original instrument had no strings, and only the wind blowing across the surface of the instrument or the instant shock of falling water could trigger weak resonance. Such a "stringless instrument" could not satisfy Fuxi's desire to express more complex emotions.

Undeterred by this, Fuxi continued his exploration. One day, when the phoenix came again, its feathers brushed the body made of phoenix wood, unexpectedly triggering a melodious and deep sound. Inspired by this revelation, Fuxi tried to use precious materials to make strings, and finally chose a tough and slender feather under the wings of the phoenix. After careful weaving and adjustment, he finally successfully installed the first string, which was the earliest "one-string harp".

However, Fuxi was not satisfied with this, and he knew that a single tone could not perfectly simulate the diverse sounds of nature. In the continuous experiments, he was also touched by the flowing hair of his sister Nuwa, and tried to use the tough hair as the string material, and found that its sound quality was more pure and distant, and thus the birth of the true sense of multi-string Guqin.

The process of Fuxi's lyre making is not only the innovative practice of ancient Chinese craft technology, but also the embodiment of his deep understanding of the laws of nature and the emotional world of human beings. This legend, accompanied by the guqin through thousands of years, not only inherits the spirit of music art, but also sustains people's reverence and memory for their wisdom ancestors, as well as the unremitting pursuit of the concept of harmonious coexistence.

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Guqin (pinyin: Gǔ Qín) is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a history of at least 3,500 years. Guqin is also known as Yaoqin, Yuqin and Seven-stringed Qin. The guqin has 13 emblems that mark the rhythm, and is also a ritual and musical instrument. It belongs to the silk in the octave. Guqin has a wide range, deep timbre and long aftertone.

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