Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sticky Sticky Erhu Strings

I'm sure everyone has problems with sticky strings.

When you store your bow on your Erhu, the rosin on your bow inadvertently touches your strings and cause your strings to be sticky. It's a pain to do slides and finger position changing if your strings are sticky.

To prevent the strings from getting sticky, you can put a cloth over your strings when you store your bow.

The cloth can also be used to wipe the dirt and grime off the strings and your Erhu resonator after use.

An alternative is to cover the strings with a piece of paper. This is something that I did when I was young.

Take an A4 size paper and fold it like this:

Slip the middle part of what you just created between the strings and your strings are protected against pesky rosin residue.

(If your qianjing is too low you need to cut the A4 size paper smaller)


  1. That is a good idea, I'm going to start using a cloth on my strings. :-)

  2. Hey there, have a problem on erhu..not sticky strings..but after a while of playing..the soundbox turns sticky..and got some stains of rosin..i know must use cloth but cant wipe away leh..tried using water..but no use also. Any solution? :D

  3. If its going to be still sticky just put some baby powder on your left hand. :)

  4. If its still sticky you can put some baby powder on your left hand to slide better and faster. :)