Learn the Horse-head Fiddle Homestay | GER to GER Community Geotourism with Nomadic Families in Mongolia

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8 Days - Group sizes: 2-6/prices per person; ask for solo prices
Ulaanbaatar
Mandlagovi Province
Max People : 6

On this homestay trip, you will learn one of the world’s unique musical instruments that accompanies the long song, one of the greatest features of the Mongolian music (overtone singing) which is commonly known as the Morin Khuur or the horse-headed fiddle. This program is gives you an opportunity to learn how to play Mongolian traditional Horse Head Fiddle under a famous master of the instrument; Mr. Nergui, is prized by UNESCO and has hundreds of Mongolian and International students.

Day One – Visit local family (homestay) and meet your teacher (D – Overnight in Ger): In the morning at 0800 you will depart from UB by public bus and travel southwards for 260kms to Mandalgovi town. When you get off from bus our local facilitator will meet you at bus station with your driver that will take you to Ulziit soum (100kms). Upon arrival, Ms. Uigarmaa’s family will welcome you with a nice dinner and milk tea – you will at her home.

Day Two – Introduction to Major and Minor chords and scales (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After breakfast you will learn components of horse fiddle and then Mr. Nergui (or assigned teacher if away for works) will introduce you to major and minor scales. After a productive morning, you will take a break and have a lunch. After your meal you will continue your lesson with the learning of major and minor chords. In the evening, Ms. Uigarmaa will prepare your dinner and you will have an opportunity to walk around Ulzit village with her before retiring for the evening.

Day Three – Learn how to properly tune the horse-head fiddle (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After breakfast you will review the previous lesson with your teacher and will continue your education on how to properly tune the horse head. After an eventful morning with your instructor, you will take a break and have a lunch. After your meal, you will continue your lesson till the evening dinner with the family and some evening playful games like with ankle bones that is a common game among nomadic children before retiring for the night.

Day Four – Introduction to the advanced scales (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After breakfast you will learn more advance scales as you’ve already learnt the basic major and minor scales. In the afternoon, you will take a break and have a lunch to which you will continue your lesson till the evening dinner. After dinner you will have more time to take it easy and play games such as the finger game with nomadic children before your evening rest.

Day Five – Learn to play Densee huu song (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After breakfast your will review all previous lessons and now you will learn how to play music. The traditional musical piece that you will learn is called “Densuu huu”, this piece is considered to be easy for beginners. You will take a break and have a lunch in the afternoon and then continue your lesson till the evening. After dinner, you will have time to just hang-out and play a billiard with local guys before retiring for the night.

Day Six – Learn to play other songs (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After breakfast your will review all previous lessons and now you will learn how to play other musical pieces that are also easy for beginners to learn. You will take a break and have a lunch in the afternoon and then continue your lesson till the evening. This evening you will drive to Ban cliff (6kms) and as the sunsets you have a wonderful opportunity to listen traditional long songs and the melodies of fiddle; afterwards, you will return back and rest with the family.

Day Seven – Review (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): Today you will review all lessons and prepare for a small friendly exhibition with local musicians that is set for the next day.

Day Eight – Small competition with local musicians (B, L): After breakfast you will exhibit your skills with local musicians and showcase what you have learnt on horse fiddle. During this small concert you will have an opportunity to mingle with the local musicians. Then you will be welcomed farewell lunch with your teacher and Ms. Uigarmaa’s family; afterwards, you will depart to Mandalgovi town by jeep (100kms) and take the bus back to Ulaanbaatar.