|The zhonghu (中胡, pinyin: zhōnghú) is a low-pitched Chinese
bowed string instrument. It is a member of the huqin family together with
the erhu and gaohu, and was developed in the 20th century as the alto
member of the huqin family (similar to the European viola) to be used
in orchestras of Chinese traditional instruments.
The zhonghu is the same as the erhu but is slightly larger and is lower pitched. Its body is covered on the playing end with snakeskin. The instrument has two strings, which are generally tuned to the interval of a fifth, to A and E or to G and D (this latter tuning equivalent to the violin's lowest two strings).
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