Woody Packard

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These five musicians were among a dozen who played at masters classes at the 5th International Morin Khuur Symposium. They played the morin khuur, the horse-headed fiddle, but also the ikhel, the headless relative which is sometimes covered in animal skin and sometimes just a very simple box with strings. Though there are similarities, there are also notable differences. The morin khuur is strung low to high, while the ikhel is the opposite, and the ikhel has less space under the strings to reach with a pinky. Read the story…