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In this lesson, you will learn about the different parts of the erhu, preparation before playing the erhu followed by how to play the erhu. At the end of the lesson there will be some exercises for you to work on the things that was taught. It is advisable to work on these exercises thoroughly for an extended period of time, however boring they might seem.

1) Parts of the erhu and their significance

  • Headstock
  • Tuning pegs
  • Qianjing
  • Snakeskin protector
  • Bridge
  • Damper
  • Baseplate


2) Before you start

  • Rosin the bow
  • Tune the erhu
  • Sitting posture


3) Basics of bowing

  • Holding the erhu bow
  • The bowing motion
  • Common problems of bowing


4) Exercises