Morin khuur
Mongolian traditional music instrument: Morin Khuur

Bukhu has been playing the Morin Khuur (Horse-Head Fiddle) for over 14 years. The instrument has a distinctive carved horse-head pegbox. The tuning pegs on either side are known as the “horse’s ears”– with two strings and a bow traditionally made of horsehair or synthetic materials,considered a central symbol of the Mongolian nation.

The Morin Khuur produces sounds described as expansive and unrestrained, both soulful and haunting, like a wildhorse neighing, or a breeze across the grasslands. It has played a central role in expanding on the roots of nomadic herding practices and  narratives as well as serving the translation of Mongolian mythologies and Secret histories into song for many centuries. It was officially inscribed by UNESCO as a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage in 2008.

3 Replies to “Morin Khuur | Horse Head Fiddle”

  1. I am interested in overtone singing, but have no experience in any singing whatsoever. I’m looking forward to the instruction videos you are putting together – let me know when it is ready. If you do workshops in brisbane, I would also be interested in attending.

  2. Hello, Im Dana. I am a musician. Lately i found out morin khuur and i want very much to learn to play. I want to ask if you give lessons or you know of a teacher. Thank you! Dana.

  3. Hello, I have just returned from Mongolia where I purchased a morin khuur. I have fallen in love with this instrument and would really like to learn how to play it properly. I live in Stanthorpe Queensland. Do you know of anyone near me that I could have lessons with. Thank you.

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