Lion's Roar


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The Lion's Roar
Chinese Luogu Percussion
By Han Kuo-Huang and Patricia Shehan Campbell
Book and CD
68 pages 

Introduction to this percussion ensemble tradition, including 10 ensembles that are easily learned.

4 pieces include melody instruments and percussion and 2 include Chinese lyrics as well. Includes copy-permissible transcriptions for each piece, mnemonics (chanted rhythm patterns) for each piece, step-by-step guide to mastery and performance, cultural context, guides for adapting classroom instruments, 16 photographs, glossary and pronunciation guide. 

For grade 3 to adult.

Classroom instrument substitutes for the Chinese Luogu ensemble instruments:

  • large gong (or large cymbal)
  • small gong (or smaller cymbal)
  • small pair of cymbals or finger cymbals
  • drum, kettle drum or hand drum
  • bell or triangle
  • rectangular/notched woodblock
  • glockenspiel, xylophone, piano or other melody instrument (for cloud gong)
  • recorder, saxophone, clarinet, flute, tin whistle or other wind instrument (for Chinese flute)


  • Shi Wu (Lion Dance)
  • Long Wu (Dragon Dance)
  • Shehuo Gudien (Festival Parade)
  • Longwang Xiahai (Dragon King Entering the Sea)
  • Quian Zuo (Prelude)
  • Lian Xi Qu (Practice Exercise)
  • Da Kaimen (Grand Opening)
  • Huagu Ge (Flower Drum Song)
  • Caiqiu Wu (Flower-ball Dance)
  • Liuyue Moli (Jasmine Flowers of the Sixth Moon)


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