Guzheng Sheet Music Sources
You’re learning to play. You want something fun! But all your teacher will give you are practice pieces. Where can you get sheet music? Answer: Lot’s of places! The more Chinese you know the easier it will be but even if you know none there are ways forward.
Digital / Websites
Guzheng.cn is my top recommendation. It allows you to search for sheet music for songs as well as to find recordings and videos to learn from. If you are at a loss of where to start, head over to our Repertoire page, find a song at the right level for you, and click the “Guzheng.cn” link. It will take you to a search for that song on guzheng.cn. The first category, 视频, is video, the second, 古筝曲, is audio recordings, and the third category, 古筝谱, is the sheet music.
There are several other sites you can look up as well. In no particular order:
http://pu.guqu.net/ - more about folk music and older songs.
http://www.cnscore.com - general purpose, all instruments.
http://www.yueqixuexi.com/ - general purpose, all instruments.
These sites really shine when searching for covers of TV and movie theme songs, popular music, and the old classics.
Physical music books are totally viable!. Your first option would be to go to one of the stores on the Retailers’ page and ordering from them. They should be able to help you pick from among their selection. The other big option is to search sites like eBay or Amazon for “English guzheng” or something similar. There’s about 5 or titles to pick from, including those produced by the big guzheng shops themselves.
Sheet music is its own language though so you could just order Chinese language books as well. Amazon would be your easiest source for that. Search for 古筝 or guzheng and limit your results to books. You’ll have plenty to choose from.
Some Extra Guidance
If you are using a specific site search or even a general search engine it may be helpful to know that sheet music often has a naming convention of "Name (instrument details)" such as Fisherman's Song (guzheng part) or Fisherman's Song (Guzheng Erhu duo). Build your own queries with the words below:
Bamboo Flute: 竹笛
Orchestral Score: 管弦乐队分谱
Score (General term): 曲谱
Folk Music Scores: 民歌曲谱