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hey deen

sure, I can help you out here. This instrument is called er 二胡。why 二胡? That's pretty simple.

The instrument has two strings, therefore it is called 二 for "two" and 胡 means string here.

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hey deen

sure, I can help you out here. This instrument is called er 二胡。why 二胡? That's pretty simple.

The instrument has two strings, therefore it is called 二 for "two" and 胡 means string here.

The erhu and pipa are my favorite classical Chinese musical instruments! I think more people should learn to play them in Europe and the US!

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My grandfather has, and used to play an erhu. It's a wooden string instrument played with a bow and sounds extremely grating in the hands of a novice (me). In the hands of someone who knows what they're doing, the thing can really create some beautiful music as in the video.

One cool thing, the er hu that my grandfather had used stretched snakeskin to cover the body. I always enjoyed looking at that when I was a kid.

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