Saturday, September 6, 2008


The ''zhuihu'' is a two-stringed string instrument from China. In construction, it resembles the ''sanxian'', and likely evolved as a bowed version of that instrument. Unlike bowed string instruments in the huqin family , the ''zhuihu'' has a fretless fingerboard against which the strings are pressed while playing.

The ''zhuihu'' is used to accompany a form of traditional narrative singing called ''zhuizi'' which originated in the Henan province of China.

A more modern version of the ''zhuihu'' called ''leiqin'' was developed in China in the 20th century. Another related instrument is the Japanese ''kokyu''.

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