to my website. Here you will find information about the Er Hu (二胡) and lessons for learning to play it.
You will also find information about me, my performances, and the music I have written.
can be traced back to instruments introduced into China more than a
thousand years ago. It is believed to have evolved from the xiqin
The xiqin is believed to have originated from the Xi people of Central Asia, and have come to China in the 10th century.
The first Chinese character of the name of the instrument (二, èr, two) is believed to come from the fact that it has two strings.
An alternate explanation states that it comes from the fact that it is the second highest
in pitch of the instruments in the huqin
family of instruments in the modern Chinese orchestra.
The second character (胡, hú) indicates that it is a member of the
family. The name huqin
literally means "barbarian instrument", showing that the instrument likely originated from regions to the north or west of China inhabited by non-Han peoples.