#1
After waiting for several weeks, my order from China has finally arrived. I am now the proud owner of an Erhu. The Erhu is a chinese 2 stringed fiddle that dates back thousands of years. I've really wanted to play it for a while now so I'm very excited to start learning. After messing around with it for 45 minutes or so I managed to finally get it in tune and play (horribly) twinkle twinkle little star. There are no frets, or even a fingerboard. You just press on the strings and bow it to make it sound. Hopefully I'll be able to play it decently in a couple months

And without further adieu...here it is:


And for those curious what it sounds like, here you go!


Does anyone else play any obscure or uncommon instruments?
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#3
Reminds me of Hero.


Very cool


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#4
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Oh, so that's what makes those bad-ass sounds? I always thought it was a type of woodwind.


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Yeah, for the longest time I thought it was some sort of wind instrument, too. It just has a very sweet, soothing sound that you wouldn't expect based on how it looks.


The tuning pegs are extremely sensitive on this thing. One very slight twist can knock it 2 steps out of tune. It's ridiculous.
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Oh, so that's what makes those bad-ass sounds? I always thought it was a type of woodwind.


Do want.


Me too.
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#6
I have always wanted to play the bagpipes. More likely though is the ukulele, or the mandolin.

The other cool one is the japanese (maybe chinese) sitting down string intrument (the play it in hero). I dont know what its called though...
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I have always wanted to play the bagpipes. More likely though is the ukulele, or the mandolin.

The other cool one is the japanese (maybe chinese) sitting down string intrument (the play it in hero). I dont know what its called though...



Both japan and china have large stringed instruments you sit down to play. You are most likely thinking of the Koto (Japanese version.) The chinese version is called a Guzheng.
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#9
sounds nice, i have a sitar but thats not really uncommon.
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Reminds me of Hero.


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#12
That's pretty sick. It'd be the coolest thing to be able to play one of these proficiently.

It'd earn you a new level of getting to be stuck up about music
#13
Quote by StewieSwan
Both japan and china have large stringed instruments you sit down to play. You are most likely thinking of the Koto (Japanese version.) The chinese version is called a Guzheng.


sweet! ebay here I come!
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#14
Nice!
I've heard some recordings of Erhus (I think they were Erhus in the songs. idk) and they sound cool.

Also, not exactly obscure, but I'll be starting sitar lessons sometime soon
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#15
The instrument that makes that sound looks like that? I was imagining an oboe-type thing. Either way, great acquisition, man. I hope you dazzle us with your skills in the future.

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#16
an instrument i saw a man playing the otherday that sounded beautiful was a strung dulcimer amazing sound!
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#17
哇!!!我很喜欢你新的二胡!我要一个!
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#18
i've always wanted to learn erhu (among many, many other instruments). you lucky duck... er... swan.

HNED!

also, this is relevant, though it is a kokyū, which is a close cousin of the erhu.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV2b-_a8Pto
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#21
That is a beautiful instrument. I myself have been considering getting one for a while, now. If I do learn another instrument, it'll be something outside of classical anyways.

Let us know how difficult it is to learn it in the next few months.
#22
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Dude.

Videos.

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All I can play is twinkle twinkle little start and a D major scale. Perhaps I'll post a video in a year or so
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#23
damn you TS

that instrument makes me crave Shenmue II

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Both japan and china have large stringed instruments you sit down to play. You are most likely thinking of the Koto (Japanese version.) The chinese version is called a Guzheng.


I want a Koto something fierce. Thing looks and sounds badass.
#28
Shit. That's badass.

How much did it cost and where did you get it from? I have a mandolin and a ukulele, which are only partially obscure, if that.
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#30
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Shit. That's badass.

How much did it cost and where did you get it from? I have a mandolin and a ukulele, which are only partially obscure, if that.



With shipping it was around 400 USD. I had to import it from Singapore.
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#32
I would love to learn how to play a Chinese Zither/Guzheng:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m19ExsVkdM4

Or for something a bit more traditional:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtATge0LG2w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7LJj7pFKAM&feature=related

But for now, I'm considering the harmonica.

That Erhu will be amazing!

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#35
I play the steel guitar, and some mandolin. nothing too exotic.
I'd like to take up the concertina, though. damn things are expensive.
Also interested in the banjo.
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