Change Log

(Updated January 2019)

Guzheng Alive is a living project. Sections are modified frequently with new sections added every month based on information availability, community requests, and author interest. Feel free to request topics! My biggest hurdle, currently, is how to showcase all of this information. The most challenging topic to present is the actual music. It is difficult to make it appealing without being overwhelming. Let me know if you have any ideas!


  • Examples and explanations of Accessories

  • Musical schools (styles)

  • Level tests and the grading system (early discussion on Repertoire page)

  • Guzheng history outside of mainland China (Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.)

  • China Music 2018 (after October 2018)


  • Finger Technique diagrams

  • Building one's own

  • Custom tunings in certain songs

  • Brands of Guzheng

  • Video interviews, personal stories

  • Guzheng in popular culture


January 2019

  • Updated Airline Travel section of “Shipping Guzheng” thanks to community feedback.

  • Added “Tuning Butterfly and Multitonic Guzheng”.

  • Updated intro to “Finger Techniques”.

  • Found and fixed bug preventing informational blinds from expanding. First affected visitors in late December.

  • “Teachers” expanded to cover Europe and Australia.

  • Site-wide SEO changes to take advantage of SS’s December update.

  • Switched “Ensembles”, “Retailers”, and “Teachers” with new maps due to Google Fusion Table’s planned shutdown.

  • Added link to full list of teachers maintained by to “Teachers” page.

December 2018

  • “Fun with Names” added to “Guzheng in 90 Seconds”.

  • Text updates to “Guzheng Story”.

  • “Blogs and Projects” added, “List of Figures” and “Home” updated.

  • 'Jump To' sectional navigation added to "Care and Maintenance", "Cost of Ownership", "Finger Techniques", "Key Changes", "Shipping Guzheng", "How to Tune", "The Guzheng Story", "Timelines", "Guzheng Varieties", "Other Zithers", "How it's Made", "Import Issues, CITES", "Wood Drying", "Wood Selection", "Cypher Notation", "Sheet Music Score", "Nail Materials", "Nail Shapes", "Nail Material Identification", "Parts and Terms", "Strings", "Guzheng Alive", "Research Tools", "Bibliography", "Descriptions", "Further Reading", "Minor Mentions", "Review"

  • Stylistic Changes to various header image attributions.

  • “Sheet Music Sources” added.

  • “Nail Material Identification” added.

  • Added Discord server to “Home” and “Contact”.

  • “Project Reach” 2018-totals through mid December added.

  • “List of Figures” text updated, museum archive information moved to “Descriptions”

  • Shipping Guzheng” text updated.

  • Site-wide imagery audit and compression finished.

  • “Tuning 16, 18, 23, and 26-String Guzheng” split off from “Tuning Guzheng”.

  • “Development” split into “Change Log” and “Sitemap”.

  • “Strings” text update.

  • “Import Issues, CITES” broken off from “Wood Selection”, text updated.

  • “Cost of Ownership” nail section rolled into “Nail Materials”.

  • “Figures” updated with identifiers, GZA-produced images added.

  • “Nail Materials” header image added.

  • “Guzheng Varieties” layout adjusted.

  • Site-wide imagery audit and compression started.

  • “Home” image, text update.

  • Various pages restructured for mobile viewing.

  • “3D Model” direct link added.

  • “Nail Materials” added.

  • “Bibliography” updated.

  • “Parts and Accessories” category added, pages rearranged.

  • “Luthiery” category added, pages rearranged.

November 2018

  • “Nail Shapes” added.

  • “Shipping” added.

  • “Glossary” added.

  • “Research Tools” updated.

October 2018

  • “Repertoire” expanded by 200 songs.

September 2018

  • “Cypher Notation” added.

  • “Project reach” added.

August 2018

  • “Cost of Ownership” added.

  • “Teachers” added.

July 2018

  • “Care and Maintenance” added.

  • “Reviews” added.

June 2018

Changes not tracked.

May 2018

  • “Special Thanks” added.

  • “How to Tune” added.

  • “Key Changes” added.

  • “Strings” added.

November 2017-April 2018

Changes not tracked.

October 2017

Site launch, starting with pages on history, instrument examples, parts, and other pages.