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Karen D.

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  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaching since 1980
  • Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
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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.

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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

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Erika H.
Karen is an incredibly skillful teacher. She is very passionate about music and it easy to be comfortable with her. She shares her training and knowledge very clearly. The vocal exercises seem very unique and holistic for body and voice health. She is very encouraging, caring, and soul-uplifting. I feel like I have a new connection with my voice and all that is connected to using it... as an instrument and the journey is only just starting. 45 minutes went by so fast. I am looking forward to my next lessons.
Earl L.
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Catherine
I thought I wanted to take viola lessons. Then I read her website and I realized that she might be able to help me get my voice back! I thought there was no hope ever. She has been extremely generous with her time, and I haven't seen her yet, but I'm not buying the viola I was planning on buying. I play cello, and piano still, but I am going to see if she can help me with my voice. She sounds incredible. I never dreamed that I could even have HOPE like this!
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Feifei Y.

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  • Speaks English, Chinese
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2003
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“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

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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 appeared 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.