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Singing Bowls

Struck Bowl versus Rimmed Bowl

Here we compare the sound of a ball when struck, with the sound when it is made to sing by rubbing the stick around the rim, which is a common way of "playing" singing bowls.

The predominant sound produced by the rimming is the bowl's 2nd partial. The sound of it, however, is affected by the move in contact of the stick with the bowl. If you listen carefully you can hear the point at which the stick is lifted away from the bowl, leaving the bowl ringing by itself. At this point the 2nd partial reverts to its steady warbling, that it displays when the bowl is struck.

The isolated 2nd partial from the sound when the bowl is struck, is available on the third tab.

Struck Bowl

Stacks Image 39

Rimmed Bowl

Stacks Image 75

2nd Partial

Stacks Image 53

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