Zhongruan aka Chinese Guitar

Congratulations on reaching this page if you are interested in learning the Zhongruan!

The Zhongruan is commonly referred to as the Chinese guitar because of how it sounds and the way it is being played.

Compared to the guitar, the zhongruan has a richer and more full bodied tone.

It is played with a pick and uses techniques like strumming, tremolo, slides and pull offs.

Traditionally used as an accompaniment instrument in the orchestra, it is standing out on its own with an increased repertoire of solo pieces as well as the emergence of virtuoso performers.

Let us instructors guide you on how to play this wonderful instrument called Zhongruan!

View an introductory video about the Zhongruan below:

5 Reasons to Learn Zhongruan:

  • Versatile instrument
    - Can play chords, melodies or both together!
  • Mellow and bassy tone
    - Easy on the ears
  • Able to play groovy percussive rhythms
    - So you can rock it like a guitar
  • Able to play traditional Chinese and western classical
    - Lots of repertoire to play with
  • Quirky looking
    -Round like the moon

Why Eason Music?

6 reasons why you should learn from us
  • 1Established since 1978

    Yes, we're around long enough to know what is going on.

  • 2Experienced, qualified, patient & friendly TEACHERS

    Just to name a few.

  • 3We value your COMFORT

    We offer classes in our studios or the comfort of your home.

  • 4FLEXIBLE time

    Your classes are arrange at your convenient timings.

  • 5FRIENDLY payment arrangements

    Pay monthly, not by term. Missed lessons can be make up.

  • 6Discounts for INSTRUMENT purchases

    Largest Chinese instrument shop in SG. Take your pick.

Choose your objectives for learning the Zhongruan

In Eason Music we recognise that different people have different objectives when learning the Zhongruan.
Thus the choice is yours to choose to learn for leisure or for exams.


When you learn for leisure, you can have a stress free learning experience by choosing the types of songs that you want to learn. You pick up the basics of the instrument through learning your choice songs.


When you learn for exams, you have a choice of either following the examination syllabus of Teng-CI-NTU Chinese instrumental examination or NAFA Chinese instrumental examination. Instructors will formulate lesson plans based on either syllabus.

TENG NTU-CI Exam Syllabus

Beginner Zhongruan Lessons

This stage is for Grade 1-3 (Based on Teng - CI - NTU - Chinese instrumental examination).

Grade 1 repertoire:
Er Ge Lian Zhou (儿歌联奏), Kuai Le De Luo Suo (快乐的啰嗦), Chang Chen Yao (长城谣), Meng Jiang Nv (孟姜女)

Grade 2 repertoire:
Mo Li Hua (茉莉花), Nan Er Dang Zi Qiang男(儿当自强), Xiao Bai Chuan (小白船), Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin (月亮代表我的心)

Grade 3 repertoire:
Yao Lan Qu (摇篮曲), Cai Yun Zhui Yue (彩云追月), Jin She Kuang Wu (金蛇狂舞), Rasa Sayang

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

Intermediate Zhongruan Lessons

This stage is for Grade 4-6 (Based on Teng - CI - NTU - Chinese instrumental examination).

Grade 4 repertoire:
Xing Xing Suo (星星索), Sai Ma (赛马) , Song Bie (送别) , Xi Yang Yang (喜洋洋)

Grade 5 repertoire:
Shan Xing (山行), Long Deng (龙灯) , Jing Shang Hua (锦上花), Jie Ri (节日)

Grade 6 repertoire:
Shui Lian (睡莲) , Dong Ge (侗歌) , Tu Er Qi Jin Xing Qu (土耳其进行曲), Chun Tian (春天)

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

Advanced Zhongruan Lessons

This stage is for Grade 7-8 (Based on Teng - CI - NTU - Chinese instrumental examination).

Grade 7 repertoire:
Xiao Mu Ming (小牧民) , Song Feng Han (松风寒) , Zhan Ge (赞歌), Cao Yuan Shu Huai (草原抒怀)

Grade 8 repertoire:
Ye Feng Fei Wu (野蜂飞舞), Huo Ba Jie Zhi Ye (火把节之夜), You Tai Shan (游泰山), Yun Nan Hui Yi (云南回忆 第二樂章), Yue Qin Zan (月琴赞)

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

Meet Our Zhongruan Teachers!

A student is only as good as her teacher. We only work with qualified and dedicated teachers.

Zhongruan Lessons Information

You can opt to take lessons at our studios at CT Hub 2, or at the comforts of your home. Different rates apply.
CT Hub 2
Your preferred timing
45 to 60 minutes per session

1 month = 4 lessons (1 to 1 lesson)

  • Beginner: SGD 160 (45min)/month
  • Intermediate: SGD 190 (45min)/month
  • Advanced: SGD 220 (45min)/month
  • Advanced: SGD 294 (60min)/month
  • Diploma: SGD 336 (60min)/month

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Your preferred location
Your preferred timing
45 to 60 minutes per session
1 month = 4 lessons

  • Beginner: SGD 278.20 (45min)/month
  • Intermediate: SGD 310.30 (45min)/month
  • Advanced:SGD 342.40 (45min)/month
  • Advanced: SGD 420.90 (60min)/month
  • Diploma: SGD 463.00 (60min)/month

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