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Overtone Singing Techniques


Overtone Singing Techniques

There are many ways to produce vocal overtones. It depends by the structure of our vocal tract - tongue, cavities, ... - and our sensitiveness. We could explain our technique here.

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Essential requirements to sing without fear to damage vocal folds are:
1 - technique control
2 - consciousness and sensitiveness about personal limits

I think that we must remove some doubts:

- vocal range = all frequencies and noise between our extreme vocal limits (shrieks, yells, several noises, hissing sounds)

- vocal extension = all frequencies emitted with cleaning, with well controlled formants, without excessive effort

"Range" interval is larger than "extension" interval, that is more comfortable and safe.

Now we must distinguish between EFFICIENCY and EFFICACY.

An efficient voice involves a complete physiologic control of our vocal system, to obtain properly our vocal objective.

A voice is effective, not efficient, when our vocal system wants to obtain a good result in any case, at any cost.

When we can't obtain an efficient voice we move toward an effective voice with consequent incorrect behaviours of, and damages to, our vocal system.

Discussion Forum

Invisible Instruments #1 Overtonesinging 2 Replies

Started by Jens Mügge. Last reply by Steven Sells Sep 4, 2014.

'lips, tongue, nose and throat singing' 8 Replies

Started by Dean Frenkel. Last reply by 1x2nbseym7ijt May 9, 2011.

Freeing the Voice by Igor Ezendam 5 Replies

Started by Jens Mügge. Last reply by 1x2nbseym7ijt Dec 3, 2010.

How to teach overtone singing to a choir ...

Started by Jens Mügge Nov 3, 2010.

Khoomii (throat singing) lesson by Sundui

Started by Jens Mügge Aug 31, 2010.

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Comment by Luca Recupero on November 24, 2013 at 3:27pm

Hallo Everyone,
I hope I'm not too rude if I use this wall to announce an Overtones Event we're organizing in Catania, Sicily from 6 to 8 dececmber.
Special guest Tran Quang Hai!
All the infos here: https://www.facebook.com/events/182573345278908/
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Comment by Rollin Rachele on October 29, 2011 at 12:04pm
Oh, also, just working on converting my Overtone Singing Study Guide into an ebook. It's been out of print for years, despite requests. You'll be able to find it on www.overtonesinging.com.
Comment by Rollin Rachele on October 29, 2011 at 12:02pm
Hi Everyone,
I have finally gotten around to joining the group. I hope all is well with everyone. Having a bit of a revival here in the UK now that I have finished my BMus in Classical Indian music...time for more overtones!! Rollin
Comment by Jens Mügge on April 4, 2011 at 12:31pm
DJ London, no problem .... just relax ... best, Jens
Comment by kiva simova on November 20, 2010 at 4:17pm
Don't know why it took me so long to join this group. I've been teaching overtone singing for 20 years, and it's always good to hear the perspectives of others.
Comment by Javier Nahum on January 2, 2010 at 11:54pm
Good luck my friend!!!!
all the best!!!!
Comment by Nicolas MOREAU on January 2, 2010 at 11:26pm
Hello everybody, i try to learn khoomei by myself and i've recorded a small mp3 on my page. Can you tell me if i'm on the good way to sing khoomeï ? I want to learn sygyt but i've read that sygyt is based on khoomei so i work on it :-))

thank you !
Comment by Jens Mügge on November 29, 2009 at 8:05pm
Nice offer Steve!
Comment by Steve Sklar on November 28, 2009 at 8:23pm
Would you like to learn Tuvan Throat-singing techniques?

All three of my online lessons are on sale for $20/each (regularly $30) through December 31, 2009.


Go get 'em!
Comment by Jens Mügge on August 28, 2009 at 12:17pm

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