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They really sound best when they’re struck. You can also make them “sing” by rubbing around the rim. Traditionally they’re played by hitting, not rubbing. You can hear how nice they sound at http://www.himalayanbowls.com

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James B

That’s interesting. I have a bowl and all it can do is whistle.

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They were on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour.

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singing bowls are used as a support for meditation, trance induction and prayer. For example, Chinese Buddhists use the singing bowl to accompany the wooden fish during chanting, striking it when a particular phrase in a sutra, mantra or hymn is sung. In Japan and Vietnam, singing bowls are similarly used during chanting and may also mark the passage of time or signal a change in activity.

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It’s a meditative aid, at least for some people. For me, the tone(s) or their harmonics seems to nail me right in my spine (the fact that I have perfect pitch doesn’t make that any easier), to the point of physical discomfort! I’m afraid I’ll have to stick with recordings of surf and rainfall 🙂