These beautiful singing bowls, with antique patina finish, include a plain baton and are handmade in Nepal. The bowl is 6.5 inches in diameter and fits nicely in the palm of your hand. The bowls have a high quality sound.
Singing bowls are used to cleanse negative energy, promote deep relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, chakra balancing, helps you 'get in the zone', aids the immune system as well as improve circulation and blood flow.
How to Play a Sing Bowl
Method 1: Striking
Striking is arguably the easiest way to play a singing bowl. This is a great introduction to playing the bowl and is suitable for all ages.
- Simply hold the bowl in the palm of your non-dominant hand, and the mallet in your dominant hand.
- Hold the mallet like a baton and lightly strike the bowl with the padded side of the mallet on the bowl’s mid-exterior wall.
- Striking the bowl will produce a pleasant, rich tone.
- We recommend striking the bowl once and letting the sound and vibrations fully dissipate before striking again.
Method 2: Rimming
This method can be more challenging but can easily be mastered with practice. If it is your first time attempting to play a singing bowl, anticipate practicing a few times before being able to master this technique. Patience is key!
- Begin in a relaxed seated position with a straight spine while maintaining a natural breath.
- Hold the bowl in the palm of your non-dominant hand, and the mallet in your dominant hand.
- This time, grip the mallet in the center with your forefinger and thumb like a pen with the padded end of the mallet gently resting in the web between the thumb and forefinger.
- Lightly strike the bowl on the mid-exterior wall to ‘warm-up’ the bowl and before the vibrations dissipate, immediately position the mallet vertically near the rim of the bowl and begin circling the rim in a clockwise motion. It is important to start circling the rim as soon as you make contact with it to start the singing. If you place the mallet against the rim without moving it, the initial sound from striking will be dampened and you will have difficulty making the bowl sing.
- Circle the bowl at least five times using a full-arm movement until you begin to hear the female overtone build. The circling motion is similar to stirring a pot and it’s important to keep the mallet vertical.
- As the female overtone builds you can slow your speed and make firmer contact between the mallet and rim. As you continue, the female overtone will sound sweet and clear. It’s important to continue to apply pressure as the friction between the mallet and bowl produces vibrations which result in the singing sound.
You may also start circling the rim without first striking the bowl; however we find the vibrations produced by initially striking the bowl make it much easier to play for beginners. As you get the hang of it, you can experiment with different techniques.
Breaking in Your Mallet
When you receive your new Tibetan singing bowl, it comes with a mallet made of Himalayan hardwood with a padded surface. When you play your bowl with the rimming method, the friction of the mallet produces vibrations which result in sound. To start, the mallet will be smooth on both ends, but as you use it, it will begin to develop ‘micro-grooves’ which help grip the rim of the bowl better. We generally recommend playing your bowl with a new mallet for about five minutes to sufficiently break in the mallet. As you continue to use the mallet, you will notice the bowl has improved sound and is easier to play.
Note that some handmade bowls may display a small etching as shown in picture.