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Comparison Essay

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Japanese people received their ancient knowledge of music from China through Korea. They have very similar styles, but Japan uses more flutes, light strings, and is more calm, while Chinese uses more heavy strings and big drums that create war-like or celebration sounds. However, both countries have the same set of instruments. They only differ in musical style.

There are differences. 

I notice that Japanese music tends to use negative pentatonic more than chinese music (and viceversa)

unique (i.e. obviously different) jap instruments include shamisen 

unique chinese instruments include pipa, erhu.

common instruments include, bamboo flute, zither, drums.

they all have a common root but have branched off for hundreds or years.
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The Japanese had their ancestral knowledge of music from China via Korea. Very similar styles, but Japan uses more flutes, strings of lights, and is quieter, while China uses heavier ...view middle of the document...

The scale is pentatonic. Bamboo pipes and qin are among the oldest known musical instrumentsfrom China; instruments are traditionally divided into categories based on their material of composition: animal skins, gourd, bamboo, wood, silk, earth/clay, metal, and stone. Chinese orchestras traditionally consist of bowed strings, woodwinds, plucked strings andpercussion.
Chinese opera has been hugely popular for centuries, especially the Beijing opera. The music is often guttural with high-pitched vocals, usually accompanied by suona, jinghu, other kinds of string instruments, and percussion. Other types ofopera include clapper opera, Pingju, Cantonese opera, puppet opera, Kunqu, Sichuan opera, Qinqiang, ritual masked operaand Huangmei xi.
Traditional Chinese musical instruments can be divided into four categories: stringed instruments, percussion instruments, plucked instruments, and wind instruments.

The music of Japan includes a wide array of performers in distinct styles both traditional and modern. 
The oldest forms of traditional Japanese music are shōmyō (声明 or you could use 聲明), Buddhist chanting, and gagaku (雅楽), orchestral court music, both of which date to the Nara and Heian periods
There are several types of traditional, Japanese music (hogaku). Some of the most important ones are listed below:
* Gagaku: 
Ancient court music from China and Korea. It is the oldest type of Japanese, traditional music.
* Biwagaku: 
Music played with the Biwa, a kind of guitar with four strings.
* Nohgaku: 
Music played during Noh performances. It basically consists of a chorus, the Hayashi flute, theTsuzumi drum, and other instruments.
* Sokyoku: 
Music played with the Koto, a type of zither with 13 strings. Later also accompanied byShamisen and Shakuhachi.
* Shakuhachi: 
Music played with the Shakuhachi, a bamboo flute that is about 55 cm long. The name of the flute is its length expressed in shaku an old Japanese unit of length.
* Shamisenongaku: 
Music played with the Shamisen, a kind of guitar with only three strings. Kabuki and Bunrakuperformances are accompanied by the shamisen.
* Minyo: Japanese folk songs.

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