A Kayageum, is a plucked chordophone belonging to the zither family. It features a flat wooden sound box with multiple strings stretched across it, is placed horizontally on the floor or on a stand, and is played with the fingers. The kayageum is central to traditional Korean music, occupying a position similar to the piano or guitar in Western culture.
Still exploring the Asian zither thing, this time a traditional Chinese zither.
She is playing this in the original Chinese scale tuning, which is much different than the (Western) original key the Eagles wrote it in.
"Traditional Chinese instruments aren't suited for adapting a band's entire sound," she explains. "Guzheng is like the bass. It's hard to create variations with it." She points out that pop songs are very different from traditional Chinese music, so much of her work is in figuring out how to best adapt them for a traditional instrument. "There are many chromatic notes I can't play on the guzheng. So I need to adapt it for the guzheng scale and use the right plucking techniques, but yet stick to the original chords. After that, I'll try to add an even more guzheng-like feel to the song."
By sharing these covers, Moyun hopes to promote the instrument she loves and to help break stereotypes people have of traditional Chinese instruments. "Chinese culture tends to be abstract," she explains. "It's not really accessible. But pop culture is accessible. By putting the two together, I hope the audience can appreciate my music."