Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Changing Bridge on the Erhu

Someone asked me if you should loosen the strings when changing the bridge on your Erhu. Well, you just need to loosen the tension the string exerts on the bridge by pulling up the strings with your fingers like this:

So that you do not scrape off the scales on the snakeskin accidentally with the bridge.

On the topic of bridges, well, there are so many things to talk about. But someone asked me today why some bridges (of the same type) are significantly taller than others. If your Erhu snakeskin is a little sagging and sounding like its humming rather than singing, a taller bridge might bring back some clarity and brightness. Otherwise, a shorter bridge might be better.

Be sure to adjust the thickness of your felt if you change your bridge.

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