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Gugak for Foreigners

This page provides resources for international Gugak-lovers.

Enjoy Gugak with various materials, such as online lessons, audio files, etc.

Introductory Lesson

우리 음악 보고 듣기

Introductory level lesson on Korean traditional music and dance; basic theory, explanation of various genres and how to appreciate the music, etc.

English subtitles included.

Table of Contents

  • 00. Orientation
    Orientation
  • 01. How to appreciate Gugak
    Prologue
    1. Introduction to Gugak
    2. Taking Your Pick
    3. Aimed Appreciation
    4. Various Ways to Meet Gugak
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  • 02. Korean Culture, Korean Music
    Prologue
    1. Genres in Korean Music
    2. Court Music
    3. Literati & pungnyu Music
    4. Types and Characteristics of Folk Music
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  • 03. Jongmyo-jeryeak (Royal Ancestral Shrine Ritual Music)
    Prologue
    1. Musical Characteristics
    2. Instrumentation of Daechwita
    3. Performance of Jongmyo-jeryeak
    4. Components and Proce dures of Jongmyo-jeryeak
    5. Contents of Jongmyo-jeryeak-jeryeak
    6. Munmyo-jeryeak
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  • 04. Sujecheon
    Prologue
    1. Appreciation of Sujecheon
    2. Musical Elements of Sujecheon
    3. Former Sujecheon and Present Sujecheon
    4. Sujecheon Scores and Albums
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  • 05. Daechwita and Chwita
    Prologue
    1. Appreciation Points of Daechwita
    2. Instruments in Daechwita
    3. Cultural Background of Daechwita Transmission
    4. Chwita
    5. Other Processional Music
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  • 06. Yeongsanhoesang
    Prologue
    1. The Origin of Yeongsanhoesang
    2. Types of Yeongsanhoesang
    3. Musical Structures of Yeongsanhoesang
    4. Appreciation points of Yeongsanhoesang
    5. Appreciation of Yeongsanhoesang
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  • 07. Literati & Gagok
    Prologue
    1. What is Gagok?
    2. Due Manners of Singing Gagok
    3. Modern Gagok Performance
    4. Appreciation Points of Gagok
    5. Types of Gagok
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  • 08. Literati & pungnyu: Gasa
    Prologue
    1. Types and Themes of Gasa
    2. Gasa and Gagok
    3. Appreciation of Eobusa
    4. Appreciation Points of Gasa
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  • 09. Sijo(Short classical lyric song)
    Prologue
    1. Lyrics of Sijo
    2. Basics and Jangdan (rhythmic cycle) of Sijo
    3. Types of Sijo
    4. Appreciation Points of Sijo
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  • 10. How to Appreciate Pansori
    Prologue
    1. Step 1: Just Listen at First
    2. Step 2: Read Narratives While Listening
    3. Step 3: Look into Jangdan
    4. Step 4: Take a Good Look at the Relations Between Jangdan and Mode
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  • 11. What is Pansori
    Prologue
    1. The Features of Pansori
    2. Vocalization of Pansori
    3. Master Singers of Pansori
    4. Transmission of Pansori
    5. Je (Schools) of Pansori
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  • 12. Introduction to Sanjo
    Prologue
    1. Concept and Meaning of Sanjo
    2. Three Musical Roots of Sanjo
    3. How to Appreciate Sanjo
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  • 13. Appreciation of Various Sanjo Music
    Prologue
    1. Kimjukpa-ryu Gayageum Sanjo
    2. Concept and Types of Schools
    3. Sanjo by Different Musical Instruments
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  • 14. Danga & Byeongchang
    Prologue
    1. Appreciation of Danga & Byeongchang
    2. Danga
    3. Byeongchang
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  • 15. Japga I: What is Japga
    Prologue
    1. What is Japga
    2. Who Performed Japga
    3. Seonsori and Anjeunsori
    4. Jwachang
    5. Japga and Pansori
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  • 16. Japga II: Seonsori Santaryeong, Namdo Japga, Hwimori Japga
    Prologue
    1. Seonsori Santaryeong
    2. Namdo Japga
    3. Hwimori Japga
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  • 17. Folk Music: Minyo
    Prologue
    1. What is Minyo
    2. Regional Characteristics of Minyo
    3. Appreciation Resources of Minyo
    4. Appreciation Points of Minyo
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  • 18. Pungmul & Binari
    Prologue
    1. What Pungmulnori Means
    2. Appreciation of Pungmulnori
    3. Appreciation of Pungmulnori as a Performance
    4. Binari
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  • 19. Music and Dance
    Prologue
    1. Sinawi
    2. Salpuri
    3. Chunaengjeon& Pyeongjohoisang
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  • 20. Keywords Helpful to Appreciation of Gugak.
    Prologue
    1. Nonghyeon: The Moving and Continuant Tone
    2. Sigimsae, the Ornaments that Determines the Flavor of a Tune
    3. Eodanseongjang: Words are shorten, sound is lengthen.
    4. Jangin gulgok: Sound is trailed, then bent
    5. Jeomipgagyeong: Man-Jung-Sak (slow-moderate-fast)
    6. Hwai budong: Similarly and Differently,Separately and Together
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Off-line lessons

12-week Korean traditional musical instruments lesson for foreigners.

Classes of Janggu, Gayageum, Haegeum, etc.

See pages for details.