How to play the Singing Bowl
The singing bowl is a gong that comes in the shape of bowl, which may vary in size and weight. The sides and rim of the bowl vibrates to produce harmonious sounds and vibrations, which have healing properties. They are known for promoting well being and soothing the mind & body. One can produce these sounds from the singing bowl in the following procedure:
- The Mallet or stick has to be held between thumb, first finger and middle finger. The first finger and middle finger should remain parallel while holding the stick (like the way we hold a pen)
- The second step is to hold the singing bowl in our palm, after placing it in the pillow or the stand of the singing bowl, which is provided with it. The hold should be such so that the body of the bowl should be able to vibrate freely
- Third step is to rub the wooden stick on the outside rim of the bowl in a circular motion, while maintaining a stable pressure. The stick should be in contact with the body of the bowl at an angle of 15 degree to 30 degree, and the stick should be rotated all around the bowl in any direction (clockwise or anti clockwise) without loosing contact with the bowl in hand .The speed needs to be gently increased as the bowl begins to vibrate and the sound grows louder. One can also tap the bowl to begin vibrations
The pitch of the singing bowl is determined by its thickness, size and weight. The sound of the pitch is fixed, but its tone and volume can be controlled by the intensity and force of the tap, the hardness of the mallet or stick and the point of percussion.
The second method by which a singing bowl can be played is by placing the bowl on our palm, or the pillow stand. The body of the bowl is to be hit with the stick in a particular fashion, and it is avoidable to use too much force