The ruan (Chinese: 阮) is a traditional Chinese plucked string instrument. It is a lute with a fretted neck, a circular body, and four strings. Its four strings were formerly made of silk but since the 20th century they have been made of steel (flatwound for the lower strings).
Why Learn Zhongruan?
Zhong Ruan Lessons Description
Join our Zhongruan courses, designed to cater to musicians of all ages. Master the essential techniques of playing the Zhong Ruan, through utilizing original course materials and a syllabus put together by our qualified instructors.
*Trial lessons is chargeable at $40
Let our instructors guide you through a musical journey with our wide repertoire of different Chinese music tunes even if you are a beginner with no prior background in Chinese music. Students who wish to learn for leisure need not take Ruan grading exams. However if you would like to take Ruan grading exams we teach both syllabuses from Confucius Academy – NTU and NAFA – Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.
In this fun and relaxing group environment, you will get to learn basic strumming techniques, etudes and melodies. Contact us today!
Ruan LessonIndividual lessons starting from
Grading Exams Preparations
Traditional / Pop Music
The below is based on NAFA (CCOM) Instrumental Ruan Examination (click here for the NTU – TENG examination structure)
Grade 1 – 雨滴, 蜻蜓, 紫竹调, 无锡景, 那波里舞曲, 迎春舞曲
Grade 2 – 步步高, 拉祜小调, 高山流水, 金蛇狂舞, 流, 锦上花
Grade 3 – 山村变了样, 良宵 (除夜小唱), 赛马, 喜唱丰收, 拉骆驼, 新农
Grade 4 – 彩云追月, 旱天雷, 娱乐升平, 划船舞曲 (《新西兰小船歌》), 梅花三弄
Grade 5 – 侗歌, 酒狂, 睡莲, 春天圆舞曲, 湘江之歌
Grade 6 – 樱花, 龙灯, 渔舟唱晚, 天地之间, 小牧民
Grade 7 – 石林夜曲, 花会, 泼水姑娘, 花下醉, 终南古韵
Grade 8 – 拉萨舞曲, 拍鼓翔龍舞, 丝路驼鈴, 火把节之夜, 边寨营火
Grade 9 – 松风寒, 玉樓月, 山歌, 风摇竹, 云南回忆 (中阮协奏曲) 第一乐章, 草原抒怀
Diploma – 游泰山, 幽远的歌声, 满江红, 孤芳自赏, 思恋, 山涧
Our Ruan instructors
- Loi Ee Vian
- Jonathan Ngeow
At Eight Tones Music, our Zhongruan lessons are offered individually for a more focused, flexible pace of learning.
However, we do have Zhongruan group lessons to keep things economical. We keep our Zhong Ruan group classes size small, allowing the instructor to have more attention for each student. Try out our Ruan group lesson today by contacting us.
Embark on your exciting musical journey with and meet different people from different walks of life but with the same passion of learning the Zhong Ruan.