How to Play a Singing Bowl

 

Many ancient rituals are associated with bells, gongs, drum strikes, or clicks used to attune the space and body.   

Technique

 

How to play a Singing Bowl

1.      Hold the singing bowl on the palm of your non-dominant hand. For smaller bowls, seven inches and under, hold on your fingertips-this will be difficult if you have purchased a crystal singing bowl, as they are heavy.  If so, use a large o-ring for a base (Purchased at a plumbing store).  The o-ring will hold the bowl off the table for better reverberation and keep it from slipping about.

2.      Grasp the mallet about mid-length, with all the fingertips pointing downwards and touching the wood. Palm downward.  This applies whether you are using a hardwood mallet of stick covered in  suede.

3.      Gently tap the mallet against the side of the bowl to "warm-up" the bell.

4.      With an even pressure, rub the mallet clockwise around the outside edge of the rim of the bowl. Use a full arm movement, and keep the mallet straight up and down.

Experiment with your speed. Usually people go too fast and they get an unpleasant screechy noise as the waves create overruns of tones that aren’t appealing. The overruns can actually damage crystal singing bowls. Let the sound build up slowly as the singing bowl picks up the vibration.

 

Hardwood mallet typically used for metal singing bowls
Hardwood mallet typically used for metal singing bowls
Suede rods typically used with crystal singing bowls.
Suede rods typically used with crystal singing bowls.

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