Pipa - Chinese Lute

The Pipa, otherwise known as the Chinese lute, is a Chinese instrument with immense popularity. Its tone colour is unique, giving it its character.

Within the abundant amount of repertoire that has been produced for the Pipa, there is a range of special techniques that other instruments are not capable of producing. Traits like these are what gives the Pipa its special place in the hearts of Chinese instrumentalists.

5 Reasons To Take Online Pipa Lessons:
  • Most complicated instrument
  • Can play melodies and rhythm
  • Can produce sound effects
  • Absolutely unique tone
  • You look cool playing it

Check out our Pipa introductory videos below:

Online Pipa Lessons Progression Chart

Below is a learning progression chart for our online Pipa lessons based on the NUS Centre for the arts - Chinese instrumental examination.

If you'd prefer to have a lesson scheme not centered around a progressive exam syllabus, you can let our instructors know and they will come up with an alternative plan that is fun and rewarding for you.

Beginner Pipa Lessons

This stage is for Grade 1-3 (Based on NUS Centre for the arts - Chinese instrumental examination).

Grade 1 repertoire:
Yi Zhi Xiao Hua Gou (一只小花狗), Feng Yang Hua Gu (凤阳花鼓), E Lun Chun Wu Qu (鄂伦春舞曲), Nan Er Dang Zi Qiang (男儿当自强)

Grade 2 repertoire:
Han Tian Lei (旱天雷), Zi Zhu Diao (紫竹调), Yang Liu Qing (杨柳青), Xi Zang Wu Qu (西藏舞曲)

Grade 3 repertoire:
Yu Er Xi Shui (鱼儿嬉水), Ma Che Fu Wu Qu (马车夫舞曲), Jin She Kuang Wu (金蛇狂舞), Ni Sang Qu Excerpt(霓裳曲- 片段)

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

Intermediate Pipa Lessons

This stage is for Grade 4-6 (Based on NUS Centre for the arts - Chinese instrumental examination).

Grade 4 repertoire:
San Liu (三六), Huan Re De Ri Zhi (欢乐的日子), Yang Chun Bai Xue (阳春白雪), Ying Chun Wu Qu (迎春舞曲)

Grade 5 repertoire:
Song Wo Yi Zhi Mei Gui Hua (送我一支玫瑰花), Gan Hua Hui (赶花会), Gu Xiang De Tai Yang (故乡的太阳), Fei Hua Dian Chui (飞花点翠)

Grade 6 repertoire:
Tian Shan Zhi Chun (天山之春), Han Ya Xi Shui (寒鸦戏水), Yi Zu Wu Qu (彝族舞曲), Gao Shan Liu Shui (高山流水)

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

Advanced Pipa Lessons

This stage is for Grade 7-8 (Based on NUS Centre for the arts - Chinese instrumental examination).

Grade 7 repertoire:
Huo Ba Jie Zhi Ye (火把节之夜), Zhong Hua Liu Ban (中花六板), Xin Fan Yu Diao Lv Yao (新翻羽调绿腰), Yi Li De Zhao Xia (伊犁的早霞)

Grade 8 repertoire:
Long Chuan (龙船), Xu Lai (虚籁), Su- Du You Gan (诉 - 读《琵琶行》有感), Chun Yu (春雨)

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

Skype Lesson Details:

Timing
Your preferred timing
Duration
45 minutes per session
Fees
1 month = 4 lessons

  • Our rates for 1-to-1 Skype lessons are as follows:
  • Beginner: US$160 (45 min) - 4 lessons
  • Intermediate: US$190 (45 min) - 4 lessons
  • Advanced: US$220 (45 min) - 4 lessons
  • Lessons are conducted on a weekly basis.

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