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The MoThe erhu is a Chinese string instrument which possesses a 500 years history.

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The MoThe erhu is a Chinese string instrument which possesses a 500 years history. The instrument is built of different hard woods. It has two strings between which the bow is tightened. The resonant body is covered with snake skin. The erhu is in China the most widespread string instrument and in traditional Chinese music it has the rank which the violin holds in western classical music. One of the unique features of the Erhu is its lack of a fingerboard. Without a fingerboard, the player has great freedom when executing vibrato. ...read more.

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It became known as a solo instrument around 1920 when the contemporary composer Liu Tian Hua modified the register to one and one-half octaves and began to write music which became popular very quickly. This traditional Chinese instrument possesses a very unique sound. The bow is fashioned out of horsehair, the two strings are made of metal and the resonating box is made of snakeskin, most of the time from python. While the violin is played horizontally, the erhu is played vertically ??????(????)???????????????????????????"?????"???????????,???????????????????????,????????,????????????????,??????????,??????,???????,???????,?????????????????? ?????????????????????????,???????????????????????????????????????????????????,???????,??????????????????? ????????????????????????????,??:??--??--??--??--??? ???????,??"?????"??????"????"????,??????????,???????,????,?????--?????????????????????????????????,??????????????????,???????????????,?????????????,????????????????????,????????,???????????????????????????,?????????,?pp?ff.??????????????,??????,??????,????. ???????,??"?????"???????"????"?????,??????????????????,????,??????--??????????????????????? ...read more.

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Hua enjoyed playing music and would perform for anyone who wanted to listen. This habit eventually led to his rejection by the Taoist monks and he became a street musician playing for small change. At 35, his life changed dramatically when an unattended eye disease left him blind. After that he became known as " The Bind A-Bing". A nickname that eventually supplanted his real name. Hua Yan-Jun was a master of musical improvisation. He often borrowed elements from traditional music, stories and legends for his own songs. Many of which revealed his profound thoughts on life. The local people loved his performances. Supposedly he possesssed a repertoire of over 700 pieces for the EHRU and the PIPA. Many of which were ...read more.

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