My first Erhu arrived yesterday from Eason Music and I am overjoyed with playing it. I am a music enthusiast - acoustic, electric guitar and violin. Over the last few years I have had the chance to spend time in China and wander upon many erhu musicians in the People's parks and on the streets. It never crossed my mind to try one myself.
My guitar playing has slowed down due to a finger injury(left hand) as did my violin practice. A few months ago decided to convert one of my violins to left hand and everything opened up for me again. I still play guitar regular but my dominant left hand came alive when I started the violin again. I realized I had been short changing myself bowing with the right. It feels so natural and in control.
I do not know how I found Eason Music but I did and spent the better part of a month studying erhu's, wood, regional sounds, makers and musicians before I contacted Sung Wah. He patiently worked with me to narrow down my search to two amazing instruments. I decided on one so I could start my journey but my heart wanted two. I recently found a crack in one of my prized violins so I had to make that a priority to get it repaired. I figured I would grow into my first erhu and then see if I wanted to pursue another one.
Tan Sung Wah is a treasure! His expertise and blog answered so many questions about these instruments. I have met a handful of people like him in this world and it makes all the difference to have them available to ask for guidance. His knowledge and passion for music and musical instruments shows and without out it this journey would have been so much more difficult.
I am very pleased to also join this forum and learn from all of you and learn from your years of study and exploration. Here is to a bright and musical 2020.
Oh yeah I am the happy owner of a Han Hu Rou Violet Sandalwood erhu.
What an very nice erhu! And indeed, Eason Music (Singapore) is the place to be for buying good music instruments like erhu and zhonghu and Tan Sung Wah is very patient and kind with great expertise.I heard from other people who also had good experience with Eason Music. My zhonghu is made of old rosewood. Now the big challenge to get a good sound, to learn playing and get the good sound which this zhonghu has. I have experience with violin, violoncello (much more years) and a little on kemence. I play world music in a group and I am interested in how to make the best sound for the different music cultures. I still have a lot to learn before I can make the sounds I wish on my nice zhonghu. How are you learning playing erhu? You have a teacher to visit regularly? Of online lessens? What is your experience?