Throat Singing Videos
What is Overtone Singing?
Throat singing (also known as overtone chanting) is a very interesting type of singing that involves manipulating the diaphragm, throat, and mouth as air is released from the lungs to create sound. There are several distinct traditions of it in from different parts of the world, better known ones being Tuvan / Mongolian (Khoomei) and Inuit (Katajjaq) throat singing. Performers of some overtone singing styles are even able to produce more than one pitch at the same time!
You will find a selection of throat singing videos from Youtube below, as well as useful links where you can learn more about this fascinating art.
Inuit Throat Singing Video
It is known as "katajjaq", and is performed in duets.
Mongolian Throat Singing Video
The sounds of southern Siberia.
Ethnic Tuvan Music
Great album featuring traditional instruments as well as throat singing.
If you want to listen to some good throat singing tracks, this highly-acclaimed album sponsored by the National Geographic Society is an excellent choice. It will introduce you to the ancient Asian musical tradition, including multiphonic throat singing and chanting. You can listen to short previews for free on Amazon by clicking the image to the right. After purchasing the album, the tracks will be available in the MP3 format.
Mongolian Overtone Singing Preview
Beautiful Harmonic Singing Performance
The song is "Praise of Mongolia" by Peter Lai, available on iTunes.
Iqaluit Throat Singing Youtube Video
Seven Different Styles of Overtone Singing
As you can see, this guy (Alex Glenfield) is incredibly talented, and apparently also gives lessons via Skype. You can find out more on his blog.
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Useful Throat Singing Links
Here are some related links if you want to learn more about this unique style of singing:
- Khoomei.com is a great resource site with lots of detailed information. They have throat singing lessons, information about Tuva, great article about different overtone singing types and even spectrograms of several different Khoomei singers. Khoomei is the most popular type of Tuvan throat singing.
- Tarbagan.net website will teach you how to throat sing in 7 simple steps.
- Wikipedia has an informative article about overtone singing in different cultures of the world. There are some forms of throat singing in Asia, Europe, North America and Africa!
- Wikihow also has some basic information on how to throat-sing.
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