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Erhu Lessons

Did you know the erhu is more than 4,000 years old? Often called the Chinese violin, the erhu refers to a two-stringed instrument that plays a major role in Chinese culture and music.

If you’ve always been drawn to this beautiful instrument, it might be time you learned to play it. Here at TakeLessons, we offer erhu lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. We feature in-person sessions but also the best online erhu lessons around! Sign up for lessons with us today, and you’ll be well on your way to mastering this instrument.

Certified Erhu Teachers

Here at TakeLessons, we want to help put you on the path toward success, and that’s why we only work with the best erhu teachers. All of our teachers are background checked and certified and have the knowledge and qualifications to help you achieve your music goals.

When signing up for your lessons, we invite you to select your ideal erhu teacher. You can browse each of their bios to help you narrow down your choices. Their bios include information such as their qualifications, availability, and rates.

We strive to keep our lessons affordable, so students can expect to pay between $40 and $100 an hour, depending on the specific teacher, lesson type, and location. On average, a 30-minute lesson costs $43, and a 60-minute lesson costs $83.

After you’ve decided on your teacher and when you’d like to meet, simply select your lesson package, and then you’re all set to begin exploring this instrument.

Erhu Online Lessons for All Ages

It’s never too early for your child to begin learning this stringed instrument. In fact, studies show that studying an instrument can help children improve their eye-hand coordination, boost their self-confidence, and increase their patience.

Similarly, it’s never too late for an adult to learn to play the erhu. And just as children, adults gain a lot of mental benefits from studying an instrument, too.

Learning to play the erhu is a great idea for students of all ages, and that’s why our tutors offer erhu lessons for kids, adults, and seniors. Sign up today to find an age-appropriate class for you!

Erhu Lessons for All Levels

Mastering the erhu is different for every student. Some pick up this instrument right off the bat, while others require a little more time and patience. Our erhu teachers understand each student is different, and that’s why they instruct each student according to their needs, preferences, and learning style.

Just starting out? Join our erhu lessons for beginners, where your teacher will focus on the basics and go at a pace that best suits you. Already know some erhu songs? Then sign up for one of our more advanced courses. We offer the perfect class for every student!

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Erhu Lessons

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 Lessons

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

Topics studied in advanced lessons depend 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

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Our teachers are excited to guide you on your musical journey. Ready to sign up for your in-person or online erhu lessons with us? Let’s get started! Simply select your teacher, schedule, and package, and then take advantage of our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. You’ll be playing your favorite erhu tunes in no time!


Is it easy to learn erhu?

Just like studying any other instrument, learning to play the erhu takes time and patience. That said, when compared to other instruments like the violin and piano, the erhu has fewer chords and only two strings.

The easiest way to master this instrument is to sign up for erhu lessons, where you can receive private instruction. It’s our goal to make learning this instrument as easy as possible, so our teachers provide you with their undivided attention to help you achieve your music goals. With your teacher’s support and instruction, you should learn this instrument with ease.

How do you play the erhu instrument?

If you’re interested in learning how to play the erhu, then it’s a good idea to sign up for erhu lessons. Our lessons provide you with the opportunity to work one-on-one with an accomplished erhu musician who has the skills and knowledge to teach you everything about this instrument. You’ll begin with the basics, such as proper posture and bowing techniques, and slowly build on those concepts so that you’re mastering ricochet bowing and double stops before you know it.

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