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The traditional Japanese Shakuhachi has deep connections with Zen Buddhism. It is also an instrument with a lot of natural harmonic overtones.
Breathing into a natural bamboo will make your breathing softer and slower. The feedback of your breath from the bamboo will relax you. Open a dialogue with the bamboo by concentrating on your breath.
The method of overtone singing that we teach are based on the traditional method of Tuvan throat singing (Khoomei) practiced in Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, Tuva, and Siberia.
Khoomei emphasizes the harmonic overtones in your vocal chords. You can sing like a whistle over your normal voice, and at the same time. By gently moving your tongue and your mouth cavity, you can sing beautiful overtones.
The Hocchiku Shakuhachi that we use are a large bass Jinashi Shakuhachi, which are all natural bamboo on the inside of the bore, unlike the bore of a modern Jiari Shakuhachi which are completely shaped with layers of plaster to produce a more even modern sound, the Hocchiku Shakuhachi produces a more deep sound emphasizing the natural material of the bamboo.
Its sound is filled with natural overtones, and will relax your body and soul as in meditation.
Overtones are the elements which determine the timbre of the tone. Sounds which are rich in overtones can move your body and soul. You will learn various ways to use your throat by studying the throat singing method as taught in Tuva.