Mastering the Erhu Basics

This is a new book that builds upon what was learned in Playing Erhu – Bridging the Gap. Foundation Essentials 1 is the first of a series of daily sight-reading and rhythm exercises. The purpose is to build a solid musical foundation through guided daily practice.

What you will find inside the book

  • Conservatory exam preparation for Grade 1
  • Daily Sight Reading Exercises in Staff and Jianpu Notations
  • Daily Rhythm Exercises in Staff and Jianpu Notations
  • 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 times
  • D+, G+, F+ (first and second position)
  • Introduction of Intervals
  • Scales
  • Note Patterns

Who is this book for?

This is a book that builds upon what was learned in Playing Erhu – Bridging the Gap. Foundation Essentials 1 is the first of a series of daily sight reading and rhythm exercises that prepares the student for graded conservatory examinations. This book is for grade 1, and exercises are in both jianpu and staff notation, with scales, arpeggios, intervals, and note patterns. The purpose is to build a solid musical foundation through guided daily practice.

Introducing the Author

Instructor - Bowed stringsFounder and Director Patty Chan is a second generation Chinese Canadian Erhu musician/ Educator/Author who is passionate about creating cultural connections through music. She has taught erhu and Chinese music at York University, Ryerson University, and Carleton University. She is the President (2013-19) and Music Director (2017-19) of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra and has led and participated in exchanges and tours to Vancouver, Edmonton, Hong Kong, Beijing, Henan, Xi’an, and Taiwan.

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