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  • Birthday 12/21/1957

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  1. KillerKu, where do you live?   I think that in N.America, there are several teachers of overtone singing, though I have the feeling most of these have the emphasis on the healing voice. Exceptions would be Stuart Hinds (Lubbock, Texas), who is an expert in advanced polyphonic singing, and Steve Sklar (Minneapolis), whose emphasis is on Asian throat singing (as well as the healing voice).   So, maybe it's a bit harder to have person to person training here. In Europe, it is easier to get training, as there are many more instructors. I think it depends on which musical approach you are interested in.   I gave Skype lessons before, when I still lived in Europe. I suppose I could start again if anyone contacted me specifically to do it. I no longer advertise that.   I live on the west coast of Canada. Closest major US city would be Seattle.
  2. I would like to add one note here- that some beginners of overtone singing go home and practice, and find they are not getting quick results, so they get discouraged. One important thing to consider, is that we all have a pitch or small range of frequencies that resonate the strongest for us, like the acoustics of a room. If we are trying overtone techniques with a fundamental pitch that is too low or too high, we may find it difficult at first. Try to find your ideal pitch where the harmonics come out most strongly. Find it on a instrument to clarify it. Usually it is in the mid to lower mid part of your range. Best to use this pitch until you are confident, then you can move above and below it and gain control there.
  3. Have you ever been to a beginner's workshop in overtone singing? If so, how was it presented? Was the focus on the 'healing voice'? Did the instructor go into different techniques? Did it have musical applications? Did you use a single pitch only for the fundamental, or did the instructor go into polyphonic movement (changing the lower pitch)? Did the workshop encourage you to practice and explore your voice? Did you do follow up training after this workshop? What have you done with this knowledge? What was your overall impression of this training? So many questions!
  4. Yes, regular singers are also overtone singers, whether they realize it or not! With overtone technique, the vocal tract movements become very microscopic, especially towards the higher end of the harmonic series. One learns to make these tiny adjustments by a combination of 'memorized' physical control and finely tuned harmonic hearing perception. By 'memorized', I mean that gradually the adjustments become automatic and intuitive. Like riding a bicycle, sort of. Generally, in reading polyphonic scores (moving fundamentals), there are 2 ways to proceed. The first is paying attention vertically to the numbers of the overtones in any given part. The second, is to focus on the horizontal melody created by the overtones. Both approaches are very important to master, though with practice, a skilled overtone singer usually pays more attention to the melody, and doesn't need to think in such a complex manner while singing. The 2 voices move along intuitively. Of course, you can say that overtone singing places more of the emphasis on melody since single overtones are isolated (particularly with lower fundamental pitches, accessing more of the series). As for managing 'fatter harmonics' in regular singing, I suppose that is one way of looking at it. Especially desirable when blending vowels with other voices, and a certain warmth is desirable.
  5. I have an online course. It's for beginners through to advanced polyphonic singing, 12 video lessons (3.5 hours total), mp3s, exercises, special notation, downloadable materials, original composition excerpts for all voices with guidance, variations, etc. It can be found here:   Also, you may find 8 free downloadable scores of my original works for overtone choir there.
  6. This is a new forum, for which I have been asked to be available as an expert. I'd like to begin by asking for your opinions on the awareness of overtone singing and throat singing today. We all know it has been around in the west for quite a long time, but the rest of the world has been very slow in coming to know about it, much less understand it. Recently, one of my colleagues, Austrian Anna Maria Hefele posted a brief demonstration of polyphonic overtone singing on Youtube. (Meaning a moving fundamental, not simply a drone). She is quite skilled at it. It very quickly reached over 7 million views. This was unprecedented. It even seemed to have a trickle down effect for others in the field. She then started posting a series of 'how to' vids.  I look forward to her future postings, to see where this all leads. Definitely a lot more awareness going on. That being said, there are loads of short instructional videos out there. Many of them give the impression that mastering this art can be done in about 10 minutes or less. I'd love to hear what you think of the training that is available, what is valuable information and what is not.