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Erhu Strings

Pirastro Erhu Strings
Thomastik-Infeld Erhu
Erhu strings come in sets of two. The instrument is usually tuned with the second string a fifth higher than the first, with the two strings tuned to D & A. Erhu strings are made of steel with the larger D string wound, usually with chrome, and the A string being just plain steel. An erhu does not have a fingerboard like western stringed instruments. The player creates a note by finger pressure on the strings alone. The erhu does have two strings, but it is strung so that they are close enough together to allow the player to play both at the same time with one hand. The erhu has a range of about three and a half octaves above the low D.

An erhu is a Han Chinese instrument with two strings. It can be described as a type of fiddle. The name “erhu” means “two fiddle.” Erhus have long wooden necks with two very large tuning pegs at the far end. The lower end of the neck is attached to the resonating portion of the erhu’s body. This resonator can be tubular, hexagonal or octagonal in shape. One end is covered with snake skin. The two erhu strings are fixed to the bottom of the resonating chamber and are strung across a bridge resting on the snakeskin and then through an adjustable nut to the tuning pegs. The erhu is played with a horsehair bow. The erhu bow, unlike that of western instruments, is threaded through the two strings instead of being drawn across them from above.

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