In one of the discussion threads in our closed Erhu Facebook group, one of the members was said that he keeps his bow in a cover when he keeps his Erhu.
This is because he is afraid that the bow hair might get caught in the pegs or the fine adjusters and end up looking like this.
Putting the bow in a bow cover does prevent the bow hair on the top part from catching the strings, but it also prevents the rosin on the bow hair from properly coating the strings. You know how it is when you have rosin powder on your strings. First, it will reduce your ability to grip on the strings when playing. Secondly, when rosin powder mixes with your sweat, small bumps will form on the strings.
Personally, catching the bow hair on the pegs and strings is not too big of a problem if you are careful enough, but getting sticky strings is something that irks most people.
The thing with the above bow cover method is that, it is troublesome to keep the Erhu as you always need to remove the bow from the Erhu, and reattach the bow when you want to play. Closing the Erhu case may also be an issue too.
So here are 2 other ways to prevent rosin from getting onto your strings when keeping your Erhu:
1. Using a Cloth
The first way is to use a cloth. Before you keep the Erhu bow, put the cloth over the strings this way and keep the bow.
This way, the bow hair does not touch the strings. You can also use the cloth to clean the strings and erhu after playing. Double purpose!
2. Using an A4 sized paper
I learnt this second way some 20 years ago. You will just need a single piece of A4 sized paper. You fold it into thirds so that you have this T or W shape.
Then you slip it in between the strings like this.
So there you have it. A few little tricks to keep your Erhu strings free from rosin.
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We hope that this was useful for you, as we all hate sticky strings.
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