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Give a Listen to the Erhu

This is my favorite Erhu(二胡)player. Here he's playing a slow song but sometimes he plays a fast tempo tune that makes good use of his right foot cymbal and left foot wood block.

He's awesome.

To a western ear the songs seem to go on forever but if you listen closely you can recognize a sort of improvised melody weaving through the song. At least I can when he plays.

Most of the street players aren't much good, but he's the exception. On a sunny day it's a pleasure to stop briefly and "give a listen." (By the way, this is literally how you say "Can I listen" in Chinese: "Please give me a listen.")

He's there every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10:00 to 1:00. I place a few bills in his can. He's worth it!

Click on the picture and have a listen.

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. -Leopold Stokowski

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