GarageBand for iOS (iPad): Play the Guzheng

Play the Guzheng

The guzheng is a traditional Chinese zither-like instrument with 21 strings mounted over bridges on a long hollow resonant body. The strings are tuned to a major pentatonic scale. The guzheng is played by picking or plucking the strings with the right hand, and pushing or pulling the strings with the left hand to change the pitch and create vibrato. The Yaozhi tremolo technique involves rapidly picking a string inward and outward repeatedly.


Open the Guzheng

  • Tap the Browser button Browser button, swipe to World, then tap the Guzheng button.

Use the chord strips

  1. Tap the Chords/Notes switch near the top to switch to Chords view.

  2. To play glissando, swipe a chord strip up and down. You can also tap to play individual notes.

You can add your own custom chords to play.

Play a pattern

  1. Slide the Autoplay switch to one of the numbered positions.

  2. Tap a chord strip. Tapping a different chord strip plays the same pattern with the notes of that chord.

  3. Tap the chord strip again to stop the pattern playing.

Play individual notes

  1. Tap the Chords/Notes switch to switch to Notes view.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • Play notes: Tap the strings.

    • Bend notes: While tapping a string, drag left or right to lower or raise the pitch. Drag back and forth to create vibrato.

    • Strum: Swipe strings up or down.

    • Mute strings: Touch and hold the Guzheng to the left of the strings as you play.

    • Play notes of a particular scale: Tap the Scale button Scale button, then tap the scale you want to play.

Play more precisely

You can use the zoom boxes to show a larger set of strings and to change between a picking or plucking sound.

  • Tap the Zoom buttons Zoom button at the upper-left and right, and do either of the following:

    • Play with a picking sound: Tap the strings in the right zoom box.

    • Play with a plucking sound: Tap the strings in the left zoom box.

    Guzheng zoom boxes

In each zoom box, the left strip shows the lower-pitched strings, the right strip shows the higher-pitched strings.

Add Yaozhi tremolo

  • Touch and hold the Yaozhi slider as you play. You can control the speed of the tremolo by moving your finger left or right.

Published Date: Aug 8, 2019