ORDOS MELODY, STYLE AND TECHNIQUE

The Ordos long song heritage has been preserved in the Uishin, Khangina, Otgiin umnud and Ezen Khoroo banners of Ordos in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. Most part of Ordos long song heritage is dominated by “Gűr song” heritage. Until present, they keep their tradition of “Thirteen Gűr songs” and “Five Songs of Statehood”. Initially, the Ordos long song was a compilation of many shamanist ethnicities, then gradually combined into a common form of calls and songs of worship rituals. Slowly, it was affected by Gűr song heritage of Buddhist long songs and resulted the formation of current Ordos long song.

The Ordos long song has a shorter melody in comparison to Khalkha Gűr song; this is capable to be accompanied by diverse kinds of music instruments. It requires higher vocal capacity and melisma of short laryngeal 'beating' is heard clearly from the vocal singing of Ordos long song singer. Their long song reflects the mirage of Khanginy steppe and the sound of aspiration ascending toward the deities of worship rites. The opportunity of singing Ordos long song is made possible by learning and obtaining the singing skills to sing in a higher pitch above average vocal range in an assertive (not slow) manner by pushing the air pressure of bronchi with the strength of diaphragm muscles, while opening the mouth slightly, raising the palate and pulling the tongue backward.

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Odonkhuar, Otogiin Southern Banner, Ordos League
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