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Qinpu (simplified Chinese: 琴谱; traditional Chinese: 琴譜; pinyin: qínpǔ; Jyutping: kam4 pou2) are tablature score collections for the guqin, a Chinese musical instrument.


Qinpu are collections of tablatures of music for the guqin. In the past, music was passed on from teacher to student. Only recently has tablature been written down, often to preserve music or as a reference book.[citation needed] Tablature comes in form of individual pieces and collections. Collections often have explanations for fingering, background information, musical analyses, and other additional information attached to them.

Different types of qinpu

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There are several different types of qinpu one can obtain.

See also


Please see: References section in the guqin article for a full list of references used in all qin related articles.