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Bowed string instrument
HuqinThe "yehu" (; pinyin: yēhú) is a Chinese bowed string instrumentin the " huqin" family of instruments. "Ye" means coconut and "hu" is short for "huqin". It is used particularly in the southern coastal provinces of China and in Taiwan. The instrument's soundbox is made from a coconut shell, which is cut on the playing end and covered with a piece of coconut wood instead of the snakeskin commonly used on other "huqin" instruments such as the " erhu" or " gaohu". As with most "huqin" the bow hair passes in between the two strings. Many players prefer to use silk strings rather than the more modern steel strings generally used for the " erhu", giving the instrument a distinctly hollow, throaty timbre.
The instrument comes in various sizes. In
Chaozhoumusic (where it is called "pahi") it is a leading instrument, and is tuned quite high. In Cantonese musicit can be quite large and is often tuned to a relatively low pitch, lower than the "erhu" (usually one octave below the gaohu). It is used as an accompaniment instrument in the local musics and operas of various areas, including Guangdong, Fujian, and Taiwan. It is an important instrument in the music of the Chaozhou and Hakkapeoples.
Related instruments include the Vietnamese "
đàn gáo", the Thai" saw ou", and the Cambodian" tro u". The " banhu", used primarily in northern China, also has a coconut resonator and wooden face but is tuned quite high and has a much brighter timbre.
* [http://www.e56.com.cn/minzu/Musical/Musical_Content.asp?Musical_Content_ID=349&Musical_Class_Content_ID=17 Yehu page] (Chinese)
Music of China
Traditional Chinese musical instruments
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