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Asian Culture: The Morin Khuur Instrument

July 28, 2010

This is music related, so it’s off my focus of art and visual culture; but is very interesting.  Often called a “horse head fiddle” or “horse fiddle”, this fret-less, two-stringed instrument is traditional to the Mongolian people.  It is comparable to the Western cello, and can be played in the Western scale and fashion of a cello.

The second video clip, the guy is jamming along and busts out “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimsky-Korsakov to prove just that.  The range of the instrument is amazing to me.  People who play it well are highly esteemed in Mongolia.  Here are some video clip examples of traditional Morin Khuur songs and modes of play if you are interested.  YouTube has a flurry of clips if you are interested to hear more.



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