Chinese Erhu

The Chinese Erhu is a versatile instrument with a rich history, which lends to its importance within the Chinese orchestra. The instrument is able to produce bright, chirpy tunes, as well as lyrical, emotional lines. The tone of the Erhu has often been likened to that of the human voice.

Check out our Erhu introductory videos below:

Online Erhu Lessons Progression Chart

Below is a learning progression chart for our Erhu lessons based on the NUS Centre for the arts - Chinese instrumental examination.

If you'd prefer to have a lesson scheme not centered around a progressive exam syllabus, you can let our instructors know and they will come up with something that is both fun and rewarding for you.

Beginner Erhu Lessons

This stage is for Grade 1-3 (Based on NUS Centre for the arts - Chinese instrumental examination).

During this stage, you should be able to achieve:
* Proper performing postures and techniques of using both hands
* Able to perform D major, G major and F major on the first positioning, keeping proper pitch and intonation
* Able to make use of smooth movements and co-ordinations of the arm, forearm and wrist to achieve the right hand bow techniques, and fully utilize the entire bow length
* Proper left hand posture with better finger strength control
* Able to apply vibrato(rouxian) and simple changing of the strength in expression
* Master the correct performing techniques on the 3 finger positions and to be smooth when changing positions

Grade 1 repertoire:
Ma Yi La (玛依拉), Feng Yang Hua Gu (凤阳花鼓), Nan Er Dang Zi Qiang (男儿当自强), Xiao Xing Xing (小星星)

Grade 2 repertoire:
Sen Ji De Ma (森吉德玛), Nan Ni Wan (南泥湾), Yang Ge Diao (秧歌调), Mo Li Hua (茉莉花)

Grade 3 repertoire:
Xiao Hua Gu (小花鼓), Zu Guo De Hua Duo (祖国的花朵), Mu Ren De Kuai Le (牧人的快乐), La Luo Tuo (拉骆驼)

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

Intermediate Erhu Lessons

This stage is for Grade 4-6 (Based on NUS Centre for the arts - Chinese instrumental examination).

During this stage, you should be able to achieve:
* Master the techniques of fast bowing (kuaigong) and fast changing from one string to the other.
* Able to perform song pieces in the key of C major
* Able to change finger positions in a smooth manner, with good control of pitch and sense of rhythm
* Able to perform common Erhu techniques such as portamento(huayin) and vibrato(rouxian)
* Perform slow bowing with strength, giving it a full tone
* Skillful co-ordination of both hands, performing pieces with a certain level of presentation

Grade 4 repertoire:
Liang Xiao (良宵), The River's Tide (大河涨水沙浪沙), Guang Ming Xing (光明行), Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye (春江花月夜)

Grade 5 repertoire:
Dance of the Ami Tribe (阿美族舞曲), Harvest Happiness (喜送公粮), Purple Bamboo Tune (紫竹调), Listening to the Pines (听松)

Grade 6 repertoire:
Chun Shi (春诗), Song of Birds in a Desolate Mountain (空山鸟语), Sunan Ditty (苏南小曲), Qin Feng (秦风)

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

Advanced Erhu Lessons

This stage is for Grade 7-8 (Based on NUS Centre for the arts - Chinese instrumental examination).

During this stage, you should be able to achieve:
* Master the techniques of fast bowing (kuaigong) and fast changing from one string to the other.
* Able to perform song pieces in the key of C major
* Able to change finger positions in a smooth manner, with good control of pitch and sense of rhythm
* Able to perform common Erhu techniques such as portamento(huayin) and vibrato(rouxian)
* Perform slow bowing with strength, giving it a full tone
* Skillful co-ordination of both hands, performing pieces with a certain level of presentation

Grade 7 repertoire:
Liang Xiao (良宵), The River's Tide (大河涨水沙浪沙), Guang Ming Xing (光明行), Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye (春江花月夜)

Grade 8 repertoire:
Dance of the Ami Tribe (阿美族舞曲), Harvest Happiness (喜送公粮), Purple Bamboo Tune (紫竹调), Listening to the Pines (听松)

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

Skype Lesson Details:

Timing
Your preferred timing
Duration
45 minutes per session
Fees
1 month = 4 lessons

  • Our rates for 1-to-1 Skype lessons are as follows:
  • Beginner: US$160 (45 min) - 4 lessons
  • Intermediate: US$190 (45 min) - 4 lessons
  • Advanced: US$220 (45 min) - 4 lessons
  • Lessons are conducted on a weekly basis.

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