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Offline awesom_o

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Polyphonic Overtone Singing
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:58:38 PM »
In case you've missed the polyphonic singing craze that is currently sweeping over social media, here you go!

It is now possible for absolutely anybody to sing two notes at once!

Sing duets with yourself! It's really fun.



Here is a helpful tutorial video explaining the how-to!


Have fun! I've been practicing for only two days, and I can already sing Amazing Grace!
I think everyone can do this!   :)

Offline mjames

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #1 on: October 07, 2014, 08:14:35 PM »
Is this sarcasm

Offline awesom_o

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #2 on: October 07, 2014, 08:30:08 PM »
Is this sarcasm

Nope. It's polyphonic overtone singing!

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #3 on: October 07, 2014, 10:12:00 PM »
I fear one wrong note at a time is more than enough in my case.  :-[
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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #4 on: October 08, 2014, 12:00:40 AM »
That whistling sound though. Is that really possible??!?!?!?

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #5 on: October 08, 2014, 12:02:42 AM »
I think it's pretty cool but for me it's no aesthetically pleasing...

I prefer normal duets. :P

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #6 on: October 08, 2014, 03:45:14 AM »
Fun to do in the car.  Haha.


Just sing about the lowest pitch you can and say...  ErrrrrrrrrreeeeeeEEEEEEEEE.... very slowly.  You'll hear the overtones. 
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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #7 on: October 08, 2014, 04:00:04 AM »
When I was in university there was a doctoral candidate that was really good at this stuff.  He was researching overtone singing in various Asian musics.  He also directed an overtone singing choir at the uni.  

That whistling sound is the selected overtone of the fundamental pitch.

There is also undertone singing, you sing lower pitches by use of an inverse harmonic series.
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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #8 on: October 08, 2014, 04:19:39 AM »
Fun to do in the car.  Haha.


Absolutely! Finally, a musical skill which I can safely practice while driving! I practice recorder and hand-flute when I'm stopped at red lights, but stop-and-go practicing can be frustrating. Overtone singing you can do on long drives, the entire time!

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #9 on: October 08, 2014, 04:20:35 AM »

There is also undertone singing, you sing lower pitches by use of an inverse harmonic series.

??? Sounds a bit like burping!


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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #10 on: October 09, 2014, 12:11:32 AM »
Very interesting.

I knew I had heard that effect before....



I think that's it.  Sounds similar to me at least.  It's not in the soundtrack though....

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #11 on: October 09, 2014, 01:31:02 AM »
Many thanks, Carlton, for bringing this to our attention. I am shocked I was able to do it right away. Definitely something to practice in the car, although freeway noise might make it difficult to hear properly.

My preference would be private lessons with Anna Maria (Bara skojar!).


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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #12 on: October 09, 2014, 01:56:41 AM »
*Bob almost does some undertone notes....*
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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #13 on: October 09, 2014, 02:02:24 AM »
Many thanks, Carlton, for bringing this to our attention. I am shocked I was able to do it right away.


One of my clients kept calling me Carlton and I eventually dropped her.  ;)

Everyone can do it right away! What is difficult is making them loud and clear!

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #14 on: October 09, 2014, 06:42:30 AM »
One of my clients kept calling me Carlton and I eventually dropped her.  ;)

Everyone can do it right away! What is difficult is making them loud and clear!
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Are you ok with Carl?

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #15 on: October 09, 2014, 02:27:11 PM »

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #16 on: October 09, 2014, 05:43:30 PM »
One of my clients kept calling me Carlton and I eventually dropped her.  ;)

Sorry, mate. After a long day at work I have trouble keeping names straight.
I do appreciate the post, though, as well as your Chopin, and comments over the years.

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #17 on: October 09, 2014, 05:46:41 PM »
Everyone can do it right away! What is difficult is making them loud and clear!

Why I need those private lessons with Anna Maria.

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Re: Polyphonic Overtone Singing
«Reply #18 on: October 09, 2014, 05:50:57 PM »
No worries, Glenn! I have a difficult name, and I'm very much prone to getting other people's names wrong. And I don't even have a job!  ;)

I believe both Anna Maria AND Miroslav Grosser give lessons on skype!

 :)

I've been practicing a great deal over the last couple of days, and my overtones are getting clearer and stronger.