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Morin Khuur

Scale Exercises

It is very important for your left hand fingers to be able to touch exactly the right place on the strings so that you play every note in perfect tune. The fingering system on the morin khuur is probably different to other instruments you may have played, so lots of practice is essential, no matter […]

The Neck of the Morin Khuur

The Neck of the Morin Khuur

The Morin Khuur produces a wide range of rich sounds, and this illustration shows the main positions for the fingers to produce the notes. There can be no exact guide as to where your fingers should be, as the size of each morin khuur varies, and the position varies with the instrument size. You simply […]

Morin Khuurs

The Exercises

1. The First exercise for a Morin Khuur learner is with the right hand. It aims to teach use of the middle of the bow, the tip section and “sawing” with the frog end. 2. The Second exercise is meant to teach the involvement of the arms. It involves “sawing” with the whole bow, “sawing” […]

Morin Khuur Position 1

Playing Position For The Morin Khuur

How the Morin Khuur sounds “and how well you play it” depends very much on how you sit and how you touch the instrument. It is very important how you place the instrument. You need to be relaxed, with your arms and hands in the right position, smooth finger movements, with correct posture “all generally […]

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Interview with Mongolian Eagle Hunter

Eagle hunting became a very famous festival in western Mongolia. Researchers believe that the tradition of eagle hunting originated among Central Asian nomads about 7,000 years ago. Mongolia is the best country to preserve this tradition. This time, we spoke with B.Dalaikhan, a resident of Altai soum, Bayan-Ulgii aimag, a representative of the eagle hunter who is contributing to the development […]


Mongolian Contortion Techniques and Its Historical Meanings

One of the precious and rare cultural heritages of the nomadic Mongolians is contortion. Apparently, contortion is a form of traditional art created to display the beauty of the human body. It is based on the flexibility of Mongolian girls and women going through various breathtakingly dramatic bending, folding and flexing positions, all of which […]

Religious Mask Dance

Tsam (Religious Mask Dance )

Tsam dance is a part of secret tantric rituals. Although its origin is traced to Tibet, the tsam dance is enriched with various Mongol cultural elements, namely the creative imagination and aesthetics of Mongol craftsmen, the roles of heroic figures of folk myths and epics, and elements of shamanism,and archaic religious phenomena. These Mongol elements […]

Mongolian People dancing bii biyelgee

Mongolian Bii Biyelgee Dance (Body Dancing)

The Mongolian traditional folk dance (Biyelgee Dance) has evolved within open space of the Mongolian felt dwellings (ger), herders’ communities, and the wild steppe. As a very specific form of the traditional performing arts of Mongolia, it serves as the roots and wellspring of Mongolian national and, contemporary dances and is preserved as a rare […]

Mongolian Traditional Music Instruments

Traditional Art Of Whistling – Jew’s Harp

The art of whistling covers skills of melodious whistling, which is different from ordinary whistling. The Mongolian art of whistling calls for the mouth cavity to function as a soundbox. Whistling art is an artistic phenomenon that has developed as a result of long, deliberate, and zealous effort. It is melodious and artistic when Mongolians […]

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