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Gaohu
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The Gao Hu (高胡) is a Chinese bowed string instrument used in playing traditional Guangdong Cantonese music and operas. It belongs to the Hu Qin family of instruments, together with the Zhong Hu, Er Hu, Ban Hu, Jing Hu, and Si Hu, its name means "high pitched Hu Qin". It has two strings and its soundbox is covered on the front (playing) end with snakeskin.

The Gao Hu was developed in the 1920s by the musician and composer Lu Wencheng (1898-1981) and is now the leading instrument of Cantonese music and opera ensembles; prior to this the lead bowed instrument was a similar instrument called erxian. Traditionally a Gaohu had two silk strings, but today metal strings or a combination of metal/silk strings are more common.

The physical structure of a Gaohu is similar to that of an erhu, although the neck of this instrument is shorter. The tuning is a fourth to a fifth higher than the erhu, to G4 and D5, giving it a higher pitch voice. It can be used as a solo instrument normally for lively and merry music pieces. Apart from solo and leader in the Cantonese Opera music, the Geohu also used in ensemble and accompaniment.

In performance it is held vertically with the lower part of the resonator supported between the knees to control the noisy tone. Well known pieces for the Gao Hu include Bu Bu Gao (Higher Step By Step) and Ping Hu Qiu Yue (Autumn Moon On Calm Lake).

Music Name Description Infomation Hits  
Liang Zhu
梁 祝
Romance of Liang and Zhu mp3
 - 18.30MB
 - 0:07:48
575 download and play
Bai Niao Chao Feng
百 鳥 朝 鳳
A hundred birds paying homage to the phoenix mp3
 - 3.12MB
 - 0:03:19
504 download and play
Bu Bu Gao
步 步 高
Higher Step By Step mp3
 - 4.28MB
 - 0:02:16
525 download and play
Chun Tian Lai Liao
春 天 來 了
Spring is here mp3
 - 6.69MB
 - 0:07:08
512 download and play
Han Gong Qiu Yue
漢 宮 秋 月
The Autumn Moon over the Han Palace mp3
 - 4.54MB
 - 0:04:50
514 download and play
Ping Hu Qiu Yue
平 湖 秋 月
Autumn Moon On Calm Lake mp3
 - 4.16MB
 - 0:04:26
490 download and play