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  • By Julian Joseph
    Feb 19, 2007
    "Valuable contribution to qin knowledge " This is one of only a very few English translations of a traditional qin (Chinese 7-string zither) handbook. It is unique in that it provides fairly detailed instructions on how to make the instrument. It gives a valuable insight into the construction methods, tools etc of the mid-19th century. Much of the information is still applicable today, and this translation is the only English source on the subject. It also covers a number of other qin-related topics, including how to make strings and qin tables. The information on repairs is especially useful for those who have a qin but no access to a maker. The sections on fingering cover a number of techniques, such as harmonic positions other than those at the harmonic nodes marked on the instrument, that are not covered in other English publications. This book is an extremely valuable contribution to qin knowledge in the English speaking world, and its author is to be congratulated. I... More > wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone with an interest in Chinese music, especially the qin, in Chinese woodworking or in philosophy. Julian Joseph Secretary, London Youlan Qin Society< Less
  • By Charlie Huang
    Feb 14, 2007
    Along with Van Gulik's' books, this is one of a few books on the Chinese guqin in the English language. Though it is a translation of an existing rare text, it has a wealth of information surrounding the creation and construction of the qin, as well as the playing techniques and notation used in qin playing. It is not only invaluable for the qin player for understanding the construction processes of qin making, but also to the ethnomusicologist. The original Chinese manuscript is buried deep in a few libraries of the world, but Mr Binkley has made the work accessible to a wider audience and thus succeeds in its aims.
  • By Stephen Dydo
    Jan 2, 2007
    This is an extremely important book for anyone seriously interested in the qin (or guqin). It has an enormous amount of information gathered by a 19th century qin master regarding details of qin structure, care,maintenance and many other details of the nuts and bolts of qin playing. In recent times, hand-copied manuscript copies of the original were circulated privately, with some secrecy, since the material was highly prized. Now it is available in print and in English. The original Chinese text is in an antique literary style that is accessible even in China only to specialists. James Binkley has lived with this manuscript for decades, and has done a vast amount of research in putting together the translation. Although it doesn't read like a bestseller, the book is in a clear language, with difficult parts explained so that they seem simple. In addition, he has brought a special insight into the material on qin construction from his own experience building instruments. This is a... More > specialized book, meant for people interested in the qin or its culture, traditional Chinese philosophy, woodworking, or Asian music, who haven't yet mastered literary Chinese. Highly recommended. Stephen Dydo New York Qin Society< Less
  • By bill hoke
    Dec 29, 2006
    "Abiding With Antiquity" Jim Binkley has done a masterful job with this complicated subject and his sensistive translation can only be considered erudite. A pleasure to read and elegant in presentation. I rate this book at five stars, more if I am allowed. Buy extra copies and share them with friends. They'll thank you! B. Z. Hoke Washington State
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James Binkley
December 28, 2006
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.39 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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