Singing bowls are a unique instrument. Unlike most instruments that require you to hold them between your chin and shoulder (which is difficult because of the awkward position of the throat), the singing bowls are held by the strength of your hands. The tuning fork is used to support the weight of the bowl while it is being tuned. This ensures that the bowls are always in tune. Take a look at this website for more info in relation to singing bowls now.
A standing singing bowl or resting bowl is simply an inverted bowl, supported by a rim above from below. These bowls are usually very large, in terms of diameter, and come in a range of different sizes, from some centimetres to even a meter in diameter. Some bowls will have additional features such as slides for the harmonious combination of notes. Some are very complex, having separate magnets to enable the sustain and release of the notes, which can be adjusted depending on the sound the bowl is trying to produce. This is why some bowls are better than others.
To create the desired sound, you must experiment with the positioning of your hands and how they manipulate the bowl. This sounds strange but is actually quite easy to do. The way to do this is to place your hands beneath the mallet (or equivalent) and slightly in front of the mallet with your palms facing outwards. This creates a horizontal line from your fingers to the instrument, or slightly below the finger line. If you hold your hand below this imaginary line, you will find that the vibration will be downwards, rather than upwards. It therefore follows that if you want to produce a higher quality sound, you must hold your singing bowls higher than the vertical line.
So now we know where to find the vibration points, what about finding the best position for the singing bowls? One simple way is to stand in front of a wall, preferably one that has some vertical space to play around in. Sit as if you are about to sing into the bowl. You should notice that the position of your body and your hands changes slightly. As you practice more, you will find that this becomes second nature. This is a useful tip because it means that when you sit at a location that you find comfortable, you can actually use your meditation techniques while standing, so that the singing bowl and your hands do not need to change positions.
This brings us to the final point: the distance between the singing bowl and the strike of the mallet. It should be at least two feet, but three would be even better. For most beginners this is the minimum distance, but for those who want to take their singing bowls to higher altitudes (such as for rock or jazz) a longer distance between the strike and the mallet is advisable.Check out this post that has expounded on the topic: silverskyimports.com.
It is also important to remember that many of these bowls can be tuned simply by tuning your guitar. If it is very cold outside or you are having a cold day, then try playing your bowl and listen to the sounds it makes. The closer your pitch gets to the pitched tones of the bowl, the more harmonious your singing will be. I think you will agree that this method of tuning is far more effective than expensive and potentially painful ear surgery. With this simple therapy, you can heal your inner ear and enhance your ability to produce good quality sound. Find out more details in relation to this topic here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_bell.