8:52 AMMorin Khuur - Horse Headed Fiddle
Many instrument researchers believe that “ikel” the main instrument of the Western Mongolia is the origin of “Morin Khuur”. Later, the head of it was changed as a horse head and a wooden box covered by leather and arch playing it with its horse-tail made. The origin of “Morin Khuur” is still in use in the Western Mongolia.
The string is made of the tail of the horse. Morin Khuur has its own extraordinary features and the melodious sound.
The length of chords in Morin khuur is limited between F of the down octave and F of the 3rd octave.
The biggest sculpture of Morin Khuur is in Ulziit sum, Dundgobi province. The big one is of height of 7.5 meter, width of 1.5 meter, and thick of 40 centimeter. U.Ankhbayar and L.Tsogzol, masters of the engraving, made this big instrument and the head of it was made of craved wood, the string was made of black iron and the main body was made of heavy metal, and then the bronze of yellow color covered it.
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