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a different kind of cello
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!
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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