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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.
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!