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Exploring the Singing Bowls - What Are They?

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Singing Bowls is an important antique musical instrument that has been used for many thousands of years. They are a special version of a wind chime and were traditionally made from metals like brass, crystal or gold. In today's market there are many varieties of musical bowls available to collectors and those wanting to start their own collection of these popular musical instruments. Musical bowls are often found in antique shops, through online catalogs and in some old music stores. The following article gives some details about different types and styles of musical bowls.

Singing Bowls: The traditional version of this musical instrument is known as a 'bowl'. A standing bell or sitting bell is a hollowed-out bell, usually supported by a rim on top. These bowls are usually bowl shaped and come in an assortment of different measurements, from a couple of centimeters to a meter in diameter. Some bowls can be extremely deep, with a hole in the center for the head to fall into. They are popular for meditation and relaxation and are traditionally used to produce 'chime' in the form of sound when hung on walls. Check out Silver Sky Imports website to buy the best singing bowls online.

In the 1970s, American Journalist, Morton H. Meyerson conducted his first investigations of Indian Singing Bowls. He found that many bowls from India had a distinctive "whirring" sound to them, which he labelled as "the American dream". Meyerson also claimed that it was the "fogling noise" produced when the bowl struck the floor that created this sound.

Vibrations of Sound: Western music theory states that notes made by vibrating strings create sounds, which can be divided into two categories; Western music and Tibetan music. Western music theory suggests that the notes created when the strings vibrate pitches, while Tibetan music suggests that these pitches are vibration. In modern terms, we would say that the vibrations are pitch values. Western music theory maintains that certain pitches lead to certain vibrations. However, Tibetan music (commonly called Todhis) maintains that these same vibrations lead to specific tones and pitches, which are also pitch values. Therefore, depending on who is playing the bowl and what they intend, one may interpret the bowl as having more than one tone or pitch.

Western music theory is not conclusive on this subject because it is based upon measuring only the length of time the sound reaches the listener's ears, while Todhis theory postulates that the actual time the sound reaches the brain depends on the purpose and intent of the creator. Therefore, it is likely that many tones and pitches could be produced from a single vibration of the bowl. Western music theory states that certain notes have specific meanings, while Todhis suggests that the sounds have no fixed meaning.

If you want to do some Singing Bowl meditation, then learning about Todhis is important. There is a book, The Singing Bowl Meditation Guide, that will help you learn more about Todhis and will lead you to finding your own purpose for joining the bowls. Click here find out more about this book at Singing Bowl Meditation.

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