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Throat Singing Videos

Updated on November 7, 2014
Mongolian throat singer in a traditional "deel" outfit.
Mongolian throat singer in a traditional "deel" outfit. | Source

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.

Share your thoughts on this type of music in the comments below.

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      satewas 

      7 years ago

      I lived in the Canadian Arctic for six years my spouse is an Inuk, and she throat sings she also teaches our daughter how to throat sing as well. It is a great way to keep in touch with their culture get article.

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      timelapselove 

      7 years ago

      What a talent! Beautiful sounds! Great lens!

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      Bill 

      7 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I love throat singing. It is quite hypnotic to me. I think that you should include huun-huur-tu in the Tuvan Throat Singing section. I have a lot of their music. My favourite song of theirs would have to be aa-shuu dekei-oo.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      This lens is full of great information. I didn't know much about this technique before visiting this page, and now I am curious to learn more! I will check out some of the links here for further reading, thanks for creating this!

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      PrettyWorld 

      7 years ago

      Fun kind of singing to do. It is so strong in harmonics that it makes it easier to lock in pitch with other people. Years ago a friend and I were practicing throat singing in a hotel's empty indoor swimming pool room. What amazing sounds and echoes!

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      madoc 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Isn't it great that because of Paul Pena and Richard Feynman, we get to see more of these singers in the West?

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      yourgoldenfuture 

      7 years ago

      wonderful lens...you need to get used to enjoy this music...

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting, I had never heard of this type of singing. Thanks for teaching me something new today.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      What a great site. I love the movie GENGHIS BLUES. Also was a cohost on a small community radio show and we had a group of throat singers as guests. They brought their instruments which were made of real horsehair and bones and such. Amazing sound. I like the group Chirgilchen (not sure of spelling).

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      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      It takes a minute but what an interesting sound. Children do this automatically when they play with their voices to see what sounds they can make. Great job.

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      KDimmick 

      8 years ago

      Interesting. Weird, but interesting :)

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Interesting and informative lens, well done.

    • Aquavel profile image

      Aquavel 

      8 years ago

      I've seen and heard this myself and it's fascinating to experience. Great lens and videos. Interesting to hear the various cultures do overtone chanting/singing.

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      Tarra99 

      8 years ago

      I've seen this...its quite interesting! cool lens.

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      GrowWear 

      8 years ago

      Learned about and admire throat singing through watching the documentary about blues (and throat) singer, Paul Pena. "Genghis Blues."

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