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Yehu

The yehu (Simplified Chinese: 椰 胡 ; pinyin: yēhú ) is a stringed instrument belonging to the Huqin family of traditional musical instruments from China. Ye means coconut and hu is the abbreviation of huqin. It is particularly used in the coastal provinces of southern China and Taiwan. The sound box is made from a coconut shell, which is cut at the end of the game and covered with a piece of coconut wood instead of the snake skin commonly used on others. huqin, instruments such as erhu or gaohu. As with most huqin bow hair goes between the two chains. Many players prefer to use silk strings rather than the more modern steel strings commonly used for the erhu, which gives the instrument a distinctly hollow and guttural tone.

The instrument exists in different sizes. In the music of Chaozhou (pahi, 弦), it is an essential instrument, very well tuned to orchestras. In Cantonese music, it can be quite big and is often set to a relatively low tone, lower than the erhu (usually an octave below the gaohu). It is used as a support instrument in local music and operas from different regions, including those of Guangdong, Fujian and Taiwan. It is an important instrument in the music of Chaozhou and Hakka peoples. In Taiwan, a variety of yehu is used to play in the opera, it is called "kezaixian".

Related instruments include those from Vietnam "Gao de Huang", Thailand seen OU, and Cambodia tro u. The banhu, used mainly in northern China, also has a coconut resonator and a wooden face, but the tone is set in the altos which makes a stamp much clearer.

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