TeRra

New Instrument invented by Terra Han

TeRra is newly invented string instrument by Terra Han. Instrument TeRra is originated from 12 strings Asian zither ‘kayageum’ which is Korean historical ancient most beloved instrument in history of the country. It is also derived from Chinese guzheng and Japanese koto. Since the late 20th century, to play modern music such as for 7 scales, kayagum with a greater number of strings have been developed, increasing the instrument’s range. Terra invented new instrument TeRra through her own studies at the previous institute and music instrument makers to expand the capicity of the zither instrument in East Asia and Europe.

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Korean Kayageum

Korean 12 silk stringed treasurable instrument. The kayageum or gayagum (가야금, 伽倻琴) is a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument, with 12 strings. It is probably the best known traditional Korean musical instrument. It is related to other Asian instruments, including the Chinese guzheng, the Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The kayageum was developed around the 6th century in the Kaya confederacy by King Gasil after he observed an old Chinese instrument.
He ordered a musician named Wu Ruk to compose music that could be played on the instrument. The original name was Kayago and later Kayageum. Evolved in the 19th century with the emergence of sanjo music—which literally means scattered melodies, a musical form that involves fast tempos and some improvisation. The sanjo kayageum is now the most widespread form of kayageum.

TeRra trained kayageum under Chaesuk Lee and Jeongja Kim in the Seoul National University.

Kayageum, Pungryu Kayageum, Jeong-ak Kayageum, Gayageum, TeRra Han, TeRra Magazine-terra-han
Pungryu Kayageum for Korean traditional court music since 6C, Kaya-kingdom.

Japanese Koto

The koto is a Japanese plucked half-tube zither and the national instrument of Japan. It is derived from the Chinese zheng and se, and similar to the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum and ajaeng, the Vietnamese đàn tranh, the Sundanese kacapi and the Kazakhstan jetigen.

Terra Han studied Japanese Koto, Shamisen, Uta of Ikutaryu School under Ando Masateru in the Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan.


Chinese Guzheng

The zheng (Chinese: 箏; zhēng) or guzheng (Chinese: 古箏; gǔzhēng), is a Chinese plucked zither. The modern guzheng commonly has 21, 25 or 26 strings, is 64 inches (1.6 m) long, and is tuned in a major pentatonic scale. It has a large, resonant soundboard made from Paulownia wood. Other components are often made from other woods for structural or decorative reasons. Guzheng players often wear fingerpicks made from materials such as plastic, resin, tortoiseshell, or ivory on one or both hands.

The guzheng is ancestral to several other Asian zithers such as the Japanese koto, the Korean Kayageum and ajaeng, Mongolian yatga the Vietnamese đàn tranh, the Sundanese kacapi and the Kazakhstan jetigen. The guzheng should not be confused with the guqin, a Chinese zither with 7 strings played without moveable bridges.

The guzheng has gone through many changes during its long history. The oldest specimen yet discovered held 13 strings and was dated to possibly during the Warring States period (475–221 BC). The guzheng became prominent during the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC). By the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD) the guzheng may have been the most commonly played instrument in China. It has beautiful timbre, broad range, rich performance skills, and strong expressive power, so it is deeply loved by Chinese.

TeRra studied the Chinese Guzheng under Zhou Want in the Central Conservatory of Music, China.