The Chinese Erhu - one of my fav instruments (vid)

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The Chinese Erhu - one of my fav instruments (vid)

#1 Post by Zebula77 » Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:03 am

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ejnrt0s5ZTY&feature=related

Just check that out. That to me is incredibly beautiful. The melodies are like they're telling a story. Amazing music.

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#2 Post by Big Bad Bill » Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:47 am

One of my old students played the Erhu and she'd bring it in and entertain us when we should've been talking about brain stuff! It is very beautiful.

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#3 Post by teokiatuan » Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:59 am

erhus can sound really horrible when first starting out, much more so than the guitar.. but they got it baby.


tone, volume pot, sustainer, chorus, reverb, flanger anyone? :wink:

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#4 Post by Big Bad Bill » Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:05 pm

What's interesting is that there is no fretboard. The finger itself acts as the node.You'd think it would deaden the sound.

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#5 Post by Zebula77 » Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:59 pm

I think the sound comes from the bow? Umm, I really don't know much about bowed instruments, tho I'd love to learn.

I've actually tried to apply the same kind of vibrato that those players use by bending the string a half-step before playing it so that the vibrato goes both up and down if that makes any sense.

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#6 Post by Naffis-kun » Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:36 am

I got an erhu VST :D.

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#7 Post by Zebula77 » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:35 am

Really? That's a soft synth, right?

Hmm, should look for one, I guess. :wink:

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#8 Post by miker » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:48 am

Wow... I've never seen that instrument before. Thank you for making me aware of its existence.

Very unique voicing...

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#9 Post by Zebula77 » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:50 am

Yeah, I guess it's also known as a Chinese Violin. At least on western shores, but it's probably closer to the Arabian violin (which I don't know the actual name of, unfortunately).

Yeah, I love the vibrato and the slides and bends on that instrument, plus the tone itself is very vocal, very human, I think.

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#10 Post by Naffis-kun » Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:03 am

Really? That's a soft synth, right?
Yup! :D
Too bad I dont remember where I got it :(.[/quote]

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#11 Post by Breeder » Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:45 am

here`s VST you're talking about
http://www.chineekong.com/chineeerhu.htm

there is free version on the bottom of the page

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#12 Post by Zebula77 » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:55 am

Right on! Thanks a bunch for that. Gonna check it out when I get home. :wink:

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#13 Post by spanishphrygian » Fri Nov 30, 2007 6:54 pm

Chinese music is very interesting. There is a lot too it as well. I wonder if anyone has some Chinese Music Theory understanding that they can post here.

That would be really fun you know.

I studied a little about the Five Elements and its use for a pentatonic scale. Of course that was an ancient system, and we all know that Chinese have more then a five tone scale.

I have heard it, but I have not studied it. I wonder if anyone could post something about it here.

I would love it.

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#14 Post by theriddler14 » Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:21 pm

i loved it

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#15 Post by fineweather » Sun Dec 02, 2007 9:36 pm

http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=hWWI2KysDWw
http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=cf4m8zUly ... re=related

Does anyone know "12 Girls Band"?
http://www.12girls.org/english/gywm-yfjj.asp
Several years ago they created a big boom in Japan and some ppl started learuning the Erhu...but now? I don't know... :roll: :P

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