To make a singing bowl sound, you need a suitable clapper - either for rubbing or striking. Depending on the quality of the clapper, the singing bowl sounds bright or dark, loud or soft, long or short lasting. The sound of a bowl is significantly influenced by the striking of the clapper.
How to strike a singing bowl
The best sound is obtained by striking the bowl on the upper edge from the outside with a mallet. The mallet is held loosely in the hand and the bowl is struck only briefly. Usually it has a felt head, which is available in different degrees of hardness, or it is covered with leather at the front.
With a little practice, the bowl can also be rubbed and made to "sing". This works particularly well with leather-covered clappers. The mallet is rubbed along the outside of the upper rim of the bowl without losing contact. This gradually produces a sustained sound, the "singing" - hence the English name "Singing Bowl".
For the sound to unfold freely, the singing bowl must stand freely. This can be the palm of your hand or a beautiful singing bowl cushion, which is available to fit any singing bowl size.
Choosing the right clapper
There are wooden, felt and leather beaters. With these the singing bowl is struck or rubbed. The rubbing of the bowls only works with wooden or leather mallets and usually needs some practice. Felt mallets are used, for example, in sound massage with therapy singing bowls. Large, soft felt mallets produce deeper tones than small, hard felt mallets.
It should be noted that the size and weight of the clapper is in proper proportion to the singing bowl. A too small clapper can not produce an optimal sound, also not too large. You will find the matching clapper recommendation for each singing bowl, so you are always right here.
It is recommended to have at least 3 different mallets for the singing bowl. So the sound can be varied as needed.