How to Play a Singing Bowl

Many people interested in using a singing bowl for meditation purposes are often unsure of how the bowls should be played. The good news is that playing a singing bowl is very easy and almost anybody can do it! This is how you play a singing bowl in 8 easy steps.

Steps

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    Hold the base of the bowl in the palm of your hand or on your fingertips. Be careful not to touch the side of the bowl as to do so will affect the vibrations.
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    Tilt the bowl towards you at a slight angle. This helps you to move your hand around the bowl more easily.
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    Hold the mallet supplied with your bowl from the top with the fingertips pointing downwards. Ensure that each finger is touching the mallet. Have a firm, but not too tight, grip.
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    To warm up the bowl ready for play, strike the mallet gently against the side.
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    Keep your wrist straight. When playing your singing bowl, it is important that your wrist is kept straight at all times; let you arm do the work.
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    Now, rotate the base of the mallet slowly around the rim of the bowl. The singing from the bowl will gradually become louder.
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    Keep playing the bowl with an even pressure and a constant speed. If you play your bowl too fast you will hear some friction ('clinking') between the bowl and mallet which will be a sign that you need to slow down.
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    When you have finished playing remove the mallet from the side of the bowl. If you have played long enough the bowl should continue to sing for a time.

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