I notice that my erhu inner string sound unbalance. Example After I had tune prefect D A on my erhu and when i start playing G key 3rd finger 5 and 1 note. The outer string is prefect 5 = D but with the same 3rd finger placement on my inner string 1 = G become low G on the tuner. I did try to change the string and bridge but it doesnt help. Could this be due to erhu setup or the erhu itself is damage? By the way this is not a new erhu, its a 2 year old erhu and the sound have open up.
Post by d̗̰̗͆͘ǎ͔̱͈̰̬̫ͨ̌ͮͥ͗ͭ̕vid on May 7, 2019 14:48:03 GMT
If your instrument is broken, then it wouldn’t make a pleasant sound and should be obvious already. It’s most likely the setup. If both strings are from the same brand, then the notes of each string should be balanced, if not the dampener may be too thick. Another reason is that the snakeskin has sagged, and the space below the bridge is not even.
I answered your same question on the erhu Facebook page. I think Sung Wah had the most likely suggestion regarding the qianjin. Other than that, the effective string length is a possible issue. If the qianjin is low, the strings will be loose and maybe less fixed in pitch. A higher qianjin position results in better tone quality and pitch stability, in my experience. However, don't set the position too high, or the finger and hand stretch may be hard to manage.
Thanks for sharing. I manage to resolve this problem by changing the bridge and realigning my erhu string. My erhu might had drop before which I did not noticed this problem, I guess my hearing its still not sharp. Till recently my teacher who play on erhu and told me this problem. That when i start using tuner to monitor while i play and realize the problem.
Below is a picture one of the erhu player who shared this with me on Facebook.