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Erhu
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     challenging words:    erhu, horsetail, upright, stringed, term, meaning, popular, general, base, holds, sounds, musical, second, west, violin, neck


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Erhu
By Vickie Chao
  

1     The erhu is very popular in China. Like the violin, the erhu is a stringed musical instrument. Yet, unlike the violin, the erhu does not have four strings. It has just two.
 
2     Besides the two strings, the erhu has a long neck and a small base. The neck is about 32 inches long. It has two tuning handles near the top for adjusting pitch. The base is like a drum. It is what gives the instrument its "voice." The erhu's base is usually six-sided. The front of the base is covered with snakeskin. The back is left open.

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