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Bawu and Hulusi Resources

Here is a collection of resources for those of you who wish to learn to play the bawu or hulusi.

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For those of you wishing to take up playing the bawu or hulusi, may I humbly recommend my own book, How To Play Bawu and Hulusi - A Beginner's Guide to these Popular Chinese Wind Instruments, available from Amazon.com.

This is the first English language book to focus on these instruments, providing complete instruction for the absolute beginner. Includes background of the bawu and hulusi, advice on buying an instrument, basic and not-so-basic playing techniques, some familiar Western tunes to help you find your way around your instrument, a dozen traditional Chinese melodies, advice on care and maintenance, how to read JianPu (Chinese musical notation), fingering charts, recommended listening and more.

I have also compiled several tunebooks for bawu and hulusi. Please click here for more details.


Video Compact Disc (VCD) is a very popular format for video in Asia. VCDs can be played on all computers that have a CD/DVD drive, as well as most DVD players and several other devices. Although the sound and picture quality is not as good as a DVD, it is more than adequate for learning purposes and VCDs are usually considerably cheaper. With the growth in popularity of the bawu and hulusi in China over recent years, there are quite a few VCDs devoted to these instruments. Most of them are not formally distributed outside of Asia, but they can be ordered from specialist retailers. One of the best of these is YesAsia.com, a very reliable online retailer specialising in Asian books, CDs, and DVDs. Their prices are very reasonable and also include free worldwide shipping.

Here are a few VCDs of interest to the bawu or hulusi player. Not surprisingly, they are in Chinese, but it is generally quite easy to pick up the gist of what the teacher is demonstrating. The VCDs also generally come with booklets with the tunes and exercises written in JianPu notation (explained in my book How To Play Bawu and Hulusi).

Liu Qunqiang, head of the Chinese Song and Dance Ensemble National Folk Music Orchestra, has two VCDs that focus on the hulusi.

Hulusi - Performance Skills: Practice Songs Vol.1 focuses on correct breathing, tone production, portamento and other foundation skills for the hulusi. It includes the tunes "Oroqen Folk Song" and "Jihkatze, My Home".

Click here to purchase from YesAsia.

Hulusi - Performance Skills: Practice Songs Vol.2 continues with more hulusi foundation skills, using a few simple Western pieces as examples, as well as Chinese tunes including "Descendants of the Dragon", "Don't You Know?" and "Dai Dance Tune".

Click here to purchase from YesAsia.


I bought all of my bawu and hulusi directly from China, but these instruments can now be easily ordered online and delivered to your door with a minimum of fuss. Interact China have been selling via Amazon.com for some time now and although I have not personally dealt with them, I have heard that the quality of their goods and their service is very high.

Here are links to purchase bawu and hulusi from them:

This is their basic model hulusi - quite reasonably priced and with free shipping available in the US. It features a natural gourd windchest and bamboo pipes and comes with a protective carrying case. It is available in the key of C, which is a good key to start out on.

Click here for more details from Amazon.com

This is their basic model bawu. Also quite reasonably priced and with free shipping in the US. It is made from black bamboo and is in the key of G - a good choice of key for one's first bawu.

Click here for more details from Amazon.com

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