bowls are very useful in meditation, healing,
and as instruments.
bowls can be played alone at home, in yoga classes, or in concerts.
Like anything, learning how to play a singing bowl takes a bit of
practice, but once you learn how to play one singing bowl you will be able to
play other singing bowls as well.
Bowl Playing Environment
a calm environment where you can be alone and make your body comfortable.
You might find it comfortable to sit in the floor on a pillow or to sit
in a chair.
Close your eyes for a
moment just before playing your singing bowl so that you bring your body and
mind to a calm, quiet space.
The Singing Bowl
make sure you put the singing bowl on the front of your palm.
common mistake in learning how to play singing bowls is to place the singing
bowl in your fingers.
the Singing Bowl
can strike the singing bowl with a singing bowl
mallet before you begin playing
the bowl if you would like to, it is not required to do so for the singing bowl
the singing bowl
near the rim or the side of the
bowl and the sound will make the singing bowl resonate for a while after.
the Singing Bowl
bowls make their sound, or sing, by rubbing the striker around the rim of the
singing bowl. Wooden singing bowl
strikers give the singing bowl a low tone.
Leather wrapped singing bowl mallets give the singing bowl a lower tone.
But different singing bowls make different sounds based on the shape of
the bowl. Singing bowls can be curved inward, outward, or straight up
and down. Each of these different
shapes makes a different sound. We
have included recordings of each singing bowl listed on our site so that when
you shop for a singing bowl you can choose the sound you would like to purchase,
as well as the color, size, and style.
sure to press the wooden singing bowl striker firmly against
the rim of the singing bowl.
striker must remain in constant contact with your singing bowl.
Move the striker slowly around the outside rim of the singing bowl and
you will soon hear the singing bowl hum, or sing.
run the mallet around the bowl with constant even pressure.
the hum of the singing bowl sounds inconstant, or choppy, slow down and continue
to move the striker slowly along the outside of the singing bowl.
you let the striker stray away from the side of the bowl,
the singing may stop, in which case you start over, slowly increasing
the speed without ever going too fast.
bowls come to full volume in a couple of seconds, others take ten or more
you have trouble making your singing
see the 'tips to remember' section below.
adjusting the speed and angle of the mallet, the sound will change accordingly. Practice
to find the speed and pressure that allows you to make the singing
hum, or sing.
the proper balance
of angle, speed, and pressure in order to make your singing bowl sing
continuously for as long as you
would like to play.