A Guide to Chinese Instruments: Erhu 二胡

NOTE FROM JONAH: This is Part II in “A Guide to Chinese Musical Instruments” a video series for Danwei.

From Wikipedia:The erhu (二胡; pinyin: èrhú) is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, more specifically a spike fiddle, which may also be called a “southern fiddle”, and sometimes known in the Western world as the “Chinese violin” or a “Chinese two-stringed fiddle”. It is used as a solo instrument as well as in small ensembles and large orchestras. It is the most popular of the huqin family of traditional bowed string instruments used by various ethnic groups of China. A very versatile instrument, the erhu is used in both traditional and contemporary music arrangements, such as in pop, rock, jazz, etc.

Erhu 二胡 by Liu Hong 刘虹
Jiang He Shui – Running River 江河水

Jonah M. Kessel | jonahkessel.com
Kit Gillet | kitgillet.com

Jeremy Goldkorn | Danwei.com
Jonah M. Kessel | jonahkessel.com
Kit Gillet | kitgillet.com

Thanks to all the featured musicians & teachers from China Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory High School.

Special thanks to Dong Nan for organizing musicians and venues.


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