The erhu is the most common two-string stick fiddle of China. The name translates roughly to the words "two" and "barbarian", as it came to China approximately a thousand years ago from the tribal peoples of the north. The erhus has a sweet round tone and is capable of a high degree of virtuosity. The modern erhu has two metal strings that are very close to each other, a thin wooden neck and a round tubular body covered with python skin. The horsehair bowstrings are woven between the two strings of the instrument. The erhu is a very popular instrument and can be found in almost all forms of music in China.
Type: bowed strings
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