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Classical Chinese Instruments - The gudi (骨笛)

What I find most intresting about the gudi is that it does not fall into one of the eight classical Chinese instrument classifications. The flute is made of bone and was first used in ancient times, roughly around 6000 BCE! That makes this instrument over 8000 years old! Incredible GUDI (骨笛) - an ancient flute made of bone - the oldest known musical instrument from China, dating back to around 6000 BC. Gudi literally means "bone flute". TRADITIONAL CHINESE CLASSIFICATION: **Does not fall into the Classical Chinese classification system** RELATED INSTRUMENTS: - Western flute OVERVIEW: These bone flutes have average dimensions of approximately 20 cm × 1.1 cm (7.9 in × 0.4 in), and are made from the wings of the red-crowned crane. They are open-ended and vary in the number of their finger holes, from one to eight; the 24 holed version has 23 holes in front and one thumb hole in back. The number of holes and the spacing between the holes determined the musical range and scale or mode in which the flute was intended to function. Bone flutes were apparently also played as part of sacrificial rites, and employed in bird hunting. Gudi are not very common now, but there are some musicians today who play them. ORIGINS: These bone flutes were excavated in 1986 from an early neolithic tomb in Jiahu, Wuyan County, Henan Province, in Central China. They have been dated to 6000 BC.
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