Tobshuur and English text
Here are a few files where i took the Tobshuur i built through it's paces.
Also, i tried coming up with some English language text for the songs.
i got the basic chord structure for this song from one of the cuts on the CD
that comes with the Van Tongren Overtone Book. The Tobshuur is tuned in 4ths
and played with the back of the fingers so the nail strikes the strings similar
to a pick. i then tuned my Igil in 5ths and plucked it as one might with a
Doshpuluur. The text just explores the fact that the only connection and experience
i have with Tuva is via the music.
i simply tried to imitate the style i've heard on some songs from the Altai province
that are used to tell folkloric stories. The Tobshuur is played with a pick.
The text is adapted from an old Mongolian Folktale.
The music for this is from an Uch-Sume-R song that i heard from a live recording.
The text is something i came up with for a special event the church i'm involved
with had over the Easter weekend. It basically explores what the disciples of
Jesus may have been feeling and thinking after his death but before his ressurection.
The challenge vocally was switching between all the various styles while adjusting
my positioning to the microphone to keep the levels fairly similar, all in one take.
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