Erhu Lessons.
Amazing Teachers.

Private erhu lessons tailored to you. In-person or online.

“Today is my opportunity to practice erhu.”

Meet a Few of Our Amazing Instructors

What works for you? Online lesson or local teacher? Either way, your erhu lessons are live, interactive, and customized for you.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Feifei Y.

3 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Chinese
  • Teaching since 2003
  • Teaches students 5 and up
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Quick View
See Profile
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Feifei Y.

3 Reviews
Book Now
Private Erhu Teacher

“Testing the possibilities of fusion by bringing jazz and other Western forms to performances on traditional instruments.” - Agence France-Presse
"Feifei is an extremely talented pop star in the making. Her potential is truly endless."
- Indie Nation
“Endless musical talents. Feifei is one who you will never know what to expect next.” - Skope Magazine

Feifei is a virtuoso on the Erhu and Banhu, and a vocalist. She is a dual 2017 Global Music Award Winner. As a performer, Feifei has released several singles and albums, including Tug of War (award-winning pop music), Dance of the Strings (composer and performer on Banhu, acoustic and electric Erhu); Vermillion Bird (Erhu); Gu•Ran (Erhu), and China Caribe (Jazz Erhu). She has also performed in such legendary settings as the United Nations, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Barclays Center, Time Square Ball Drop stage, Citi Field, CBS, WNBC, and many others.

She also performed for the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations

About Feifei

A good music instructor will not only tell you what is the right way to do but also she/he should be able to identify the problems and provide case-by-case solutions. I have been teaching Erhu and music for more than 17 years and luckily, my works have been reviewed by numerous medias such as Agenc

Recent Reviews
Philip K.
Just had my first lesson with Feifei, and am really looking forward to continue learning with her.
Larry S.
great teacher first lesson i learned tons and had fun doing it
Benjamin
Great teacher. I got an excellent introduction to Chinese classical music
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Karen D.

31 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Awarded Grand Prize Winner from Meridian Records
  • Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Karen D.

31 Reviews
Book Now
Private Erhu Teacher

Ehru:
A Chinese two-stringed bowed musical instrument, more specifically a spike fiddle, which may also be called a Southern Fiddle, and sometimes known in the Western world as the Chinese violin or a Chinese two-stringed fiddle. It is used as a solo instrument as well as in small ensembles and large orchestras. It is the most popular of the huqin family of traditional bowed string instruments used by various ethnic groups of China. A very versatile instrument, the erhu is used in both traditional and contemporary music arrangements, such as in pop, rock, jazz, etc. and makes a calm sound. As with learning any instrument we would start with the basics of tuning, right and left hand technique, bow technique, placement, vibrato, notes, rhythms, songs and soloing.

About Karen

Anyone Can Learn To Sing or Play Any Instrument With My Method! No End To How Good You Can Get! Become Better Than Anyone Out There! Vocal Therapist-Can Cure ALL Vocal Damage! Karen D. -Certified Teacher of the World Famous Dante Pavone Vocal Method -Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Musi

Recent Reviews
Anthony F.
Karen is very patient & caring while teaching.
Gelaney W.
I will definitely be expanding my accordion skills & of music theory . I’ll also be adding some 😎 Jazz Standards to my repertoire ☺️.
Kelly S.
Karen was not prepared for the lesson. She spent 15 minutes trying to send me photos from a beginner Tabla book available on Amazon. She did not own a set of Tabla drums. She ensured me she could teach anything, but could not pronounce the words used for proper Tabla technique, knew no history and could not even teach me to tune. She literally was reading out of the book figuring it out along the way. I lost a lot of trust from this and asked for a full refund for future lessons.
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Katy P.

Teaches Online
Starting at $42
  • Speaks Chinese Mandarin, English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2012
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Katy P.

Book Now
Private Erhu Teacher

Experienced music teacher for 6+ years, specializing in the beginner to advanced Erhu playing. Lessons in other Chinese instruments are available as well.

All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more.

Contact me directly for better rates!

Let's get started!

About Katy

I am a professional musician specializing in Chinese musical instruments. I graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors of Music. Currently, I am the arts director and lead instructor at Galaxy Arts Center. If you would like better rates, please inquire directly! It's never too late to begin learning mus

A Better Way to Learn

Expert Teachers

Top rated instructors guide you in every step of your journey

Personalized Lessons

Your style, your pace. Customized lessons designed for you

100% Guaranteed

Try a lesson. If you're not satisfied we'll refund your unused balance

Connect Locally or Online

Local Lessons

No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing erhu teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

Online Lessons

Is your dream erhu teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

How It Works

Here's why 2 million people a month use TakeLessons

Match

Find your perfect erhu teacher in under 3 minutes. Need help finding the right teacher? Call our friendly student counselors at 877-231-8505877-231-8505.

Meet

Your instructor will motivate, support, and inspire you. Meet up with your teacher in person or connect with them online anywhere around the world!

Master

Each erhu lesson is customized to help you grow. Learn faster and easier than ever with personal attention from an expert instructor.

Educating the World

310
Lifelong learning subjects offered
6,483
Amazing, inspiring, supportive teachers
2,045,044
People that use our platform each month
3,004,877
Lessons given around the world

Why TakeLessons?

  • Easy and Hassle-Free
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Background Checked Teachers
  • Over 3 Million Lessons Given

Hear From TakeLessons Erhu Students

Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

Profile_220829_pi_IMG_7363
"Great teacher. I got an excellent introduction to Chinese classical music"
Benjamin
Took Erhu lessons from Feifei Y.
Profile_220829_pi_IMG_7363
"great teacher first lesson i learned tons and had fun doing it"
Larry
Took Erhu lessons from Feifei Y.
Profile_187481_pi_Screen%20Shot%202019-07-24%20at%2012.11.57%20AM
"Karen is very patient & caring while teaching."
Anthony
Took Erhu lessons from Karen D.
Profile_220829_pi_IMG_7363
"Just had my first lesson with Feifei, and am really looking forward to continue learning with her."
Philip
Took Erhu lessons from Feifei Y.

Private Erhu Lessons Near You

The erhu's sound is one of enchantment. Truly beguiling, this instrument is said to resemble the tone of the human voice more closely than any other. A skilled musician can also closely imitate a variety of other sounds with the erhu. With practice, you'll be able to make your erhu chirp, neigh, croak like a frog, or even roar like a race car. As a result, music of the erhu is truly song. 

In Chinese, er means two and hu means bowing instrument. The erhu, also referred to as the urheen or Chinese violin in the western hemisphere, has two strings that are played with an attached bow. The strings of this vertical fiddle are strung over a drum-like, wooden resonator located at the based of the instrument. 

Why Learn to Play Erhu?

The erhu first appe

...

ared in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 C.E.). Today, erhu is one of the most popular Chinese musical instruments and the most popular of the huqin family of traditional instruments. There's plenty of music available to learn and more is being composed each day! Plus, thanks to its extra long strings and similarities to the classical violin, any piece composed for violin can be played on erhu, but not every erhu piece can be played on violin. 

While the traditional Chinese music composed for erhu is enchantingly beautiful and part of a rich tradition, there's also plenty of modern music available to play on erhu and unexpected uses of the instrument's unique sound. For example, the erhu musician George Gao who has become famous for rocking his electrified erhu music, which he plays with guitar distortion effects. 

The Best Way to Learn Erhu and What You'll Study in Erhu Classes

Sure, you can find plenty of free erhu classes online, but the best way to learn to play erhu is by studying with a private teacher. You'll benefit from having your private erhu tutor's undivided attention. Receiving immediate feedback will allow you to overcome personal challenges quickly, while you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Plus, no two private erhu classes are alike; private lessons are completely customized to meet each student's individual interests, needs, and abilities. For example, erhu classes for children differ greatly in terms of course content and teaching style from erhu lessons for adults. With personalized lessons, you'll stay interested and motivated, while you work at mastering the erhu. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Erhu Lessons

If you have little or no previous experience playing erhu, then beginner lessons are for you. In beginner lessons, you'll be introduced to the basic principles and techniques of playing erhu. As you go, you'll also learn the Chinese names for erhu's parts and playing techniques. In beginner lessons, your erhu teacher might cover some of the following topics:

  • Learn the parts of the erhu
  • Instrument care
  • Proper hold and posture
  • Introduction to erhu bowing technique
  • Scales, finger positions (first through fourth positions), and moving positions
  • Reading musical notation and introduction to music theory

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Erhu Classes

Intermediate lessons are appropriate for students who already know the basics of playing erhu. In intermediate lessons, you'll improve your ability to play erhu, as you study increasingly complex erhu music. You'll learn new dynamic techniques and challenge yourself to perfect your ear and intonation. Your erhu tutor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Intonation
  • Lian gong (playing multiple notes) and fen gong (multiple bows)
  • Dynamics
    • You yin (accent)
    • Dun gong (staccato)
    • Da Hua Yin (glissando)
    • Zhan gong (tremolo)

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Erhu Lessons

Advanced lessons are designed to challenge students to overcome their personal obstacles, further hone their techniques, and expand their range of capabilities. Topics studied in advanced lessons depends greatly on the student's individual interests and goals, but your erhu teacher might choose to cover some of the following: 

  • Pao gong(ricochet bowing)
  • Shuang yin (double stops)
  • Percussive sounds
  • Vibrato techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Performance preparation

How to Find an Erhu Teacher Near You

If you're ready to start playing erhu, you'll need to find an erhu tutor. Luckily finding a private erhu teacher on TakeLessons is easy! A quick search will direct you to a variety of qualified and experienced instructors who offer erhu classes near you and online. Before choosing your teacher, we recommend browsing several teacher profiles and reading reviews left by erhu students like you. 

The cost of erhu lessons varies, but most teachers base their fees on the length and frequency of lessons. Investing in private erhu lessons is worth it. You'll pick up new techniques fast, train your ear, and learn to play erhu like a professional in no time! Plus, with a variety of instructors available, you'll have no trouble finding an erhu tutor who fits both your budget and schedule. With private lessons, you'll be well on your way to mastering erhu and helping other to enjoy the music of this beautiful instrument.