The erh-hu, also known as erhu or nanhu, is a bowed instrument from China with silkor steel strings tuned in fifth, a simple bamboo neck with no frets and a hexagonal  or octagonal wooden body covered with snake skin. The bow is caught between the two strings. The strings are stopped by the fingers rather than pressed down all the way to the neck, which enables the player to produce a wide range of note bends and vibrato effects. It is the most best known member of the huqin family of Chinese bowed instruments. In the 19th century the erh-hu was an important element in Chinese opera music. Nowadays it enjoys an increasing popularity in modern genres and World Music.

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