What is a Crystal Singing Bowl
Singing bowls create an environment, through the complexity of the sound waves they produce, that allow you to experience multi levels of consciousness. They are a sacred tool every bit a much as they are an outlet for self care, a conduit for engagement and a source of joy. Singing bowls were never originally intended to be performance instruments and therefore their purpose is not about mastering a sound or technique, but about picking it up and playing it routinely. The playing of your bowl *is* the outcome.
How to play your Crystal Singing Bowl
Sit the bowl on its rubber ring. You can either strike your bowl using the mallet and allowing it to vibrate within your field, or you can make it sing. In this case the sound is created by the friction between the bowl and the mallet as you circle it around the outside rim of the bowl. The consistency and concentration it takes to make your bowl sing is an exceptional experience in mindfulness.
Frosted Quartz singing bowls are the most common type of quartz singing bowl, they represent the original quartz singing bowl. Adopted from the semiconductor industry, they are heavy, rigid, and generally uniform. They are called frosted due to the rough exterior, which is a byproduct of the manufacturing process. The surface is the rough sand form of the quartz that is placed in a spinning mould and fused with a hydrogen flame from the inside out.
The intense heat and motion combine to recreate the crystal matrix to which the bowl owes its strength. The fusion is most evident on the inside of the bowl where the flame has healed a completely smooth surface. Some of the quartz sand is not fused to the bowl and is removed when the bowl has cooled. What remains is the rough sand-like texture that allows the bowl to sing with maximum ease. The surface is rough and readily provides friction against a suede striker tool used on its surface. The sound of frosted bowls is very pure, but can be overshadowed by the sound the striker tool makes against the bowl. To prevent the striker noise, a rubber ball tool works well with the texture of the bowl to make a great tone with very little other noise.
Tuning of a Singing Bowl
Unlike Himalayan Singing Bowls, crystal singing bowls are perfectly tuned to create specific tones of the Western Scale. This means you cab play your bowl singularly or you can play with other bowls, thus creating harmonics and layers of sound.
Care of your Singing Bowl
Keep your instruments dry and clean as best you can. Please don’t use chemical based cleaning products on your instruments. Their finish contributes to their pitch, and any abrasive substance can damage the surface. Dusting your instruments should be enough, though gentle soapy water will polish them if they need it. You can energetically cleanse your instrument by playing it with the conscious intent of cleansing it. You may like to picture light emanating from the sound as you play, this intention, combined with the vibration of the instrument will keep it free of stagnant energy, this is especially important for instruments used in a therapeutic setting or as a tool for vibrational realignment.