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Vibrato was and is known as two different techniques: Rou Xian and Yaxian. The below excerpt from Samuel Wong's erhu research explains the two techniques: 揉弦 Rou Xian (Vibrato) Vibratos can be effected by: i. Using finger pressure to suppress the string, increasing and decreasing its tension. This technique is also known as 压弦 yaxian and this ...


Here is an example of a documentary which is readily available, depending on where in the world you are located, and which appears to have some relevance to what you want: BBC Howard Goodall's Story of Music If you want to hear some examles, there is a whole playlist of short performances here, which gives you a lot of names, but no discussion: History of ...

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