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Erhu Lessons

Erhu lessons are ranked among the top three most popular lessons at Eight Tones Music School. Heart wrenching notes of the Erhu has the ability to touch the hearts of many. Its warm and soulful tones allow for the expression of diverse moods and emotions. When played properly, the sound of Erhu can be smooth, sweet, songlike, or plaintive.

Through learning Erhu, you can also gain a greater understanding in Chinese culture and history, all while having fun and taking a break from the stresses of life. We want to fully support you in your journey of incorporating music into your life and nourishing your soul, by providing the best expertise and service that would help you flourish in your learning. You can focus on the pure learning experience and leave the rest to us – it is just this simple!

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No prior music background is needed. Be it for leisure or for graded examinations, your teacher will design a specialised learning programme tailored to your learning needs to help you set goals and achievable targets. With time, you can expect to expand your repertoire and play your favourite tunes effortlessly!

What Is an Erhu?

The Erhu (Chinese: 二胡) is a Chinese two-stringed fiddle which first made its appearance during the Tang Dynasty. In the 1920s, the Erhu evolved to its modern form as we know today – a resonator box with strings strung over it and played using a bow. It is a member of the Huqin family, which refers to all Chinese bow stringed instruments, including the Jinghu, Cantonese Gaohu, and Banhu amongst many others. In the Chinese orchestra of today, the most commonly played instruments are the Erhu, Gaohu and Zhonghu.

Why Learn Erhu?

  • Sweet sounding instrument
  • Versatile with all notes within its range
  • Portable instrument
  • Very suitable for playing in group settings, such as within a quartet, quintet etc.
  • Wide range of emotional expression

Our Erhu Teachers 

Our Singaporean Erhu teachers are well trained to conduct Erhu lessons in a fun and engaging environment. With a wealth of experience playing and teaching the Erhu, we are able to customise lessons to provide you with a unique structure catering to your ability and needs. Most of the lessons are conducted one-to-one, but if you would like to keep learning economical, you can consider signing up for our Erhu Group Lessons.

Hailing from a prestigious lineage, our teachers are students of Zhang Yuming, a first-grade performer in China, and of Li Bao Shun, the concert master of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

*Trial lessons are subjected to a one-time charge of $40.

Our teachers are not only highly skilled at playing the Erhu, but also possess deep knowledge of the mechanisms of the instrument itself, and so are in the best position to offer advice on finding an Erhu most suited to your needs. They would be able to tell the difference between the different types and grades of wood and snakeskin, therefore being able to offer an informed opinion with regards to purchasing the right Erhu that would best suit your needs, personality, and playing style. Taken a liking to a particular piece? Our teachers will help you learn the score and play the piece. We were once students like you, and so we fully understand your needs and difficulties, and are here to provide our full guidance and support.

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Teaching Methods/Pedagogy

Here at Eight Tones Music School, we believe in a student-led music education. Our teachers are able to work with students of all ages and abilities, ranging from Children to Adults. We take pride in nurturing each individual and ensuring that every student leaves each lesson with a sense of fulfilment. Be it for leisure, for learning the basics, for building a solid foundation or for intensive examinations preparations, our teaching team caters to the unique learning needs of each student.

With Erhu lessons, you can expect to be taught proper bowing techniques in order to produce a clean and clear sound. When you are taught good bowing techniques, there will not be any creaking/croaking noises. You will be taught proper fingering techniques, e.g. how to cradle the Erhu and play using your fingertips. Proper technique is vital, and provides the basis for excelling on the Erhu.

Our Erhu teachers will teach you about various basic aspects of instrument maintenance, such as the tuning of strings, applying rosin to the bow, and the changing of strings. We strive to teach each student to be independent in taking care of their own instruments.

We teach at your pace. Did we mention that we teach pop music too? Playing the Erhu is a great way for you to destress and unwind after a long day, by soaking in its mellow and soothing tones.

If you have no musical foundation in any instruments, fret not – our teachers are able to help you build a solid foundation so as to take your musical journey to greater heights. We have Erhu students in their 60’s and 70’s who have made great progress and successfully learnt how to play the Erhu well. With a good foundation, you can progress smoothly in your learning journey without worrying about being held back by fundamental errors.

Right techniques and good playing habits are vital to succeeding in your exam. Our lessons will help you learn how to avoid common mistakes made during examinations.

We teach at your pace. Did we mention that we teach pop music too? Playing the Erhu is a great way for you to destress and unwind after a long day, by soaking in its mellow and soothing tones.

If you have no musical foundation in any instruments, fret not – our teachers are able to help you build a solid foundation so as to take your musical journey to greater heights. We have Erhu students in their 60’s and 70’s who have made great progress and successfully learnt how to play the Erhu well. With a good foundation, you can progress smoothly in your learning journey without worrying about being held back by fundamental errors.

Right techniques and good playing habits are vital to succeeding in your exam. Our lessons will help you learn how to avoid common mistakes made during examinations.

Write-up Of Our Erhu Teachers

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Benefits of Learning the Erhu

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Relieves Stress
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Heightened Self Esteem & Confidence
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Learning the Erhu can help strengthen the parts of the brain responsible for coordinating motor ability, especially regions controlling fine motor skills that are not often tapped into during one’s daily life. Moreover, the constant exchange between performing the tasks of listening and physically controlling the instrument while playing on the Erhu strengthens vital neural connections that will help build new cognitive abilities or slow down the brain’s aging process.

Performance Opportunities

We have annual student concerts and collaborations where you will be able to perform, mingle, and interact with other Erhu students as well as students of other instruments such as Guzheng, Dizi and more, leading to a further exchange of skills and musical ideas. Performance opportunities allow students to gain experience in performing for an audience and conquering stage fright within a friendly and welcoming setting. Furthermore, these avenues allow each student to develop and express their musical talent by showcasing the fruits of their labour.

Students may voluntarily participate if they wish to do so as it is not compulsory.

On Your First Erhu Lesson

Our teacher will discuss your goals and expectations with you and design a suitable course curriculum, be it for leisure, foundation building, or examinations.

If you do not have an Erhu and would like to buy one from our store, we will help you pick an instrument which is most suited to you.

Our teacher will discuss your goals and expectations with you. If you would like to expand your repertoire, build on your foundation, or fulfil some other learning goal, our teachers will design a suitable course curriculum for you.

It would be beneficial for you to bring your own instrument to your Erhu lesson as your familiarity with the instrument will aid in your learning.

Syllabus

The below is based on NAFA (CCOM) Instrumental Erhu Examination (click here for the NTU – TENG examination structure)

Grade 1 – 田园春色, 箫, 凤阳花鼓, 迷胡小曲, 西藏舞曲, 长城谣

Grade 2 – 小花鼓, 黄水谣, 沂蒙山小调, 窗音, 快樂的校园, 春雨

Grade 3 – 山村变了样, 良宵 (除夜小唱), 赛马, 喜唱丰收, 拉駱驼, 新农

Grade 4 – 光明行, 奔驰在千里草原, 喜送公糧, 赶集, 北京有个金太阳

Grade 5 – 翻身歌, 空山鸟语, 烛影摇红, 陕北抒怀, 流波曲

Grade 6 – 葡萄熟了, 江南春色, 月夜, 江河水, 听松

Grade 7 – 春诗, 豫北叙事曲, 草原新牧民, 洪湖人民的心愿

Grade 8 –  秦腔主题随想曲, 三门峡畅想曲, 二泉映月, 病中吟

Grade 9 –  一枝花, 蓝花花叙事曲, 新婚别, 长城随想 (二胡协奏曲主旋律谱)

Diploma – 阳光照耀着塔什库尔干, 第一二狂想曲, 流浪者之歌, 贵妃情

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Easy Scheduling
Chinese instruments lessons
State-of-the-Art Facilities
Chinese instruments lessons
100% Pass Rate in Examinations
Chinese instruments lessons
Stress-Free Environment
Chinese instruments lessons
Centrally Located
Chinese instruments lessons
Versatile and Experienced Teachers

Erhu Lessons

Individual lessons starting from
SGD 40 Per lesson
  • Grading Exams Preparations
  • DSA Preparations
  • Traditional / Pop Music

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, our teachers will teach you how to play the Erhu right from the very beginning, starting with the fundamental skills of score reading and basic technique, to solo performances and exams.

Everyone is encouraged to learn music as there are immense benefits. It is never too late; you are never too old to start your journey with Chinese music instruments. We have Erhu students in their 60’s and 70’s who have made great progress and successfully learnt how to play the Erhu well. Speak to our friendly staff for more information. Contact Us now.

Our Erhu lesson schedules are flexible. Most students come for lessons weekly so that they have sufficient time to consolidate what they have learnt, and practice bowing and fingering techniques for their next lesson. If you see the need to come more frequently or for extended durations, we are able to accommodate your needs.

We recommend individual lessons, with one student to one teacher. This is so that you will receive the undivided attention of the teacher for a higher quality of learning.

Lessons can be taught individually or in groups of not more than four. If you have a budget constraint or would like to just try out Erhu first, you may join our leisure Erhu group lesson.

Our teachers are able to speak both English and Chinese proficiently.

You will be taught by the same Erhu teacher from beginning till end, unless you make arequest to change teachers.

Yes, our teachers can also teach both English and Chinese pop songs. However, do let us know in advance so our teachers can prepare the necessary teaching materials.

You can purchase an instrument at our school. Our teachers possesses deep knowledge of the workings of the Erhu, and are able to tell the difference between the types and grades of wood snakeskin, thereby being in the best position to advise you on purchasing an Erhu best suited for you based on your needs, budget, and physique.

You are welcome and even encouraged to bring your own Erhu to lesson. However, if you find it inconvenient to do so, you may opt to use a practice instrument during your lesson.

Trial lessons are offered one time per instrument and to be paid for after the lesson. If you are unavailable to come for a trial lesson that you have booked, you will have to inform the school within 24 hours in advance. Failure to do so will result in a prepaid trial lesson for your next booking.

The modes of payment we accept are cash, NETS, cheque, PayNow, and bank transfer.

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