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ma tou qin (horse head fiddle)
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September 13, 2012 - 2:06 am
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a different kind of cello

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morin_khuur

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September 13, 2012 - 8:15 am
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Nice sound and feeling in his playing. I can sell him a pick-up and the balance would be much better.

The orchestra did a great job at listening to the soloist and playing soft enough respectively to allow him to be heard. Also, Thalia Symphony Orchestra appears to be an extremely young orchestra. Is it a professional orchestra or a student one?

What is the name of that instrument Pky?

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This was very cool Pky, thanks for sharing this!  I'll bet this guy is a Rock Star in his country (couldn't figure out where this orchestra is).  And it absolutely cracked me up; Mongolian Bluegrass at 4:30 & 6:15, and then at 6:40 there was almost a shuffle bow.

Also amazed me how drastically his bow flexed while playing.  I don't know how cellists keep their bow horizontal while bowing; it's hard enough keeping a fiddle bow straight even while most of the pressure is toward the strings not the ground.

Any, great stuff!

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I know nothing about the orchestra, but here's their website and you could check it out: http://www.thaliasymphony.org/about.php 

Apparently Li Bo is a pretty famous horse head celloist. He was dressed in traditional Mongolian outfit.

The instrument is called Ma Tou Qin in Chinese which literally means horse head fiddle (cello would be more accurate). It got the name by the scroll which is carved into a horse head. There are several legends about its origin (please read information from wikipedia). It's a Mongolian instrument and they called it Morin Khuur.

The bridge on the instrument looks pretty much the same as those on violin family instrument. The instrument also have different sizes.The two strings are actually horse hair. The larger of the two strings (the "male" string) has 130 hairs from a stallion's tail, while the "female" string has 105 hairs from a mare's tail.

The playing technique is probably in between cello and Chinese fiddle -- Erhu. The shape really reminds me of cigar box violin or guitar. It has a history of 1500 years.

To be honest, i would love to try out this instrument, there are quite a few on ebay but are out of my budget:(

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September 13, 2012 - 11:25 pm
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Thanks for the info. Very interesting. Hope you find an affordable one some day.

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I forgot to mention: there's not a fret board - the difference between a cello and ma tou qin, but a similarity between erhu and ma tou qin.

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I love matouqins!!

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