The differences are often in interpretation of the music.Northern schools tend to be more vigorous in technique than Southern schools.People from the same school trained under the same master may have different individual styles (such as Zhang Ziqian and Liu Shaochun of the Guangling school).There is a difference between qin schools and qin societies.) is a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family.It has been played since ancient times, and has traditionally been favoured by scholars and literati as an instrument of great subtlety and refinement, as highlighted by the quote "a gentleman does not part with his qin or se without good reason," as well as being associated with the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius.Thus, the instrument is called "guqin" today (pronounced as "goo-chin"). Other incorrect classifications, mainly from music compact discs, include "harp" or "table-harp".
The prefix "gu-" (古; meaning "ancient") was later added for clarification. Because Robert Hans van Gulik's book about the qin is called The Lore of the Chinese Lute, the guqin is sometimes inaccurately called a lute.Such schools generally formed around areas where qin activity was greatest.Some schools have come and gone, and some have offshoots (such as the Mei'an school, a Zhucheng school offshoot).But in modern terms, the distinction between schools and styles is often blurred because a single player may learn from many different players from different schools and absorb each of their styles.This is especially so for conservatory trained players.