Greetings, fellow Earthlings!
I have been enjoying reading all the interesting and thought-provoking points of view expressed in this discussion group. Thank goodness for diversity! The type of harmonic singing we are drawn to is based on our individual personalities. For example, I prefer to listen to the type of overtone singing that to me sounds “angelic”. I find it soothing and relaxing. Though some of the deeper sounding styles may be difficult to take in, I believe they broaden our range of listening experiences.
I would like to propose that there are three main components common to all singing:
1. State of Being / Attitude – depending on our purpose
2. Breath Control – deep breathing from the diaphragm
3. Body Movement and Positioning – throat, palate, tongue, forehead, nose, and hands
Deep breathing from the diaphragm enables the singer to engage the entire body (physical and energetic) for those who choose to use singing as part of a meditation and/or healing practice.
To me the deep throat singing feels very earthy as if connecting us to nature and our physical bodies. Other types of polyphonic singing sound almost “disembodied”. I heard a recording of an Asian artist singing overtones where the foundation tone is not audible. I found it eerie but quite beautiful. I am learning to identify the different styles.
Recently, when I discovered I could produce overtones, I became so excited that I experimented for 2-3 hours. I tried it with different tones, intensities, volumes, rooms in my house, outdoors, etc. Since then, I have felt a shift in my physical and energetic bodies. There is no question in my mind that overtones have a powerful effect on our whole being. I would like to use sound / vibration as part of my healing practice once I become more proficient which is probably going to take years.
My first step in working on overtone singing is to strengthen my breath control. Toward this end, I am regularly practicing a yoga exercise called Long Deep Breathing or Yogic Breath.
I will post my progress.
Looking forward to reading your views.
DJ London, AP
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