Listen Up! “E” is for Erhu


The erhu is a Chinese two-stringed fiddle, and as soon as you hear it, you’ll recognize it as being from China, since it figures in many traditional Chinese melodies.

The erhu has a long neck, with two tuning pegs, and a small body covered with python skin. Two strings are attached from the pegs to the base, and the bow is never separated from the strings. Listen:



Sound is familiar but not the name.

Great post! thanks for sharing. I love instruments from all over.

Very interesting, I’m not musical but my husband is. Iโ€™m also doing the A to Z challenge, Organize Home Life on

How long would it take to be such an artist as she?

Over from the A to Z.

I’ve just clicked through all 5 of your April posts; I so admire your commitment to writing something every day! Did you struggle to come up with the theme this year? I know you’ve taken part in previous years so was wondering how you landed on this one. And yes, I’ve made a guess what F will be, but will wait and see!

    Hi, Pauline! I generally start planning around Christmas, and while it isn’t necessary to have a theme, I enjoy it. I’m already thinking about next year! All the posts are written and scheduled by mid-March (which is why my writing has been so neglected).

That’s an interesting looking instrument! I want to learn how to play it. ๐Ÿ™‚

-Chrys Fey
Trempโ€™s Troops – A to Z Co-co-host
Write with Fey

I dIdn’t know what it was called before, just thought of it as a Chinese fiddle! I’ll try to remember the name now.

Definitely something I’ve heard before, but had no idea what is looked like or what it was called. Thanks.

I have learned something new today. Thanks!

And doesn’t it sound like China? So emotional. I have surprises ahead, Alex!

Now there’s an instrument I’m familiar with. Such lovely sounds. ๐Ÿ™‚

Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
A-Z Blogging in April Participant

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