solo and in ensemble, the Erhu
combines traditional and modern aspects of Chinese music. It was
mentioned first in the first millenium BC, so it is, along with the Qin
and Zheng one of the oldest instruments in Asia. The
resonating gourd with its octagonal shape seperates the Erhu from other
Asian fiddles. The bow is enclosed between both strings which are
tuned in a fourth or
the Erhu nowadays challenges the player with rather difficult
techniques. Being implied within modern compositions, new playing
styles demanded different appearance to the tone. Today, Erhu artists
are highly respected for their skills and the solo literature increases.
to play Erhu online here!
special voice of the Erhu, rich of formants, is not comparable to
western fiddles and violins. It is a special warm, high and nasal
voice which attracts listeners and artists worldwide.
Other versions of the Erhu are the Gaohu
and the Zhonghu.
beware of cheap Ebay models! A good Erhu should be about 200 Dollar
will find several Erhu artists on my friendlist on Myspace