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Before we begin, here are a few terms you should get familiar with first.

- When you move the bow to your right, it is called a down bow.

- When you move the bow to the left, it is called an up bow.

This is how your arm moves when you are playing the down bow:
You move first your wrist outwards to your right, followed by your forearm and followed by your upper arm.

This is how your arm moves when you are playing the up bow:
You first move your wrist inwards first, followed by your upper arm, followed by the forearm.

Watch the following video explaining the bowing motion.

Afterwhich, take a look at the correct bowing motion from different angles.

1) Angled front view of playing inner string

2) Front view of playing inner string.
Note that the bow is always parallel to the ground. When you tense up, your right hand will tend to go higher and higher. When that happens, just relax and lower your hand.

3) Top view of playing inner string.
Note that the bow moves in a straight line. Do not let the bow swerve.

4) Angled front view of playing outer string
Do not let the bow hair touch the neck of the erhu while bowing.

5) Front view of playing outer string

6) Top view of playing outer string