Question: Can you put water in a singing bowl?
Answer: Yes water can be used in a singing bowl
Yes, you can put water in a Tibetan singing bowl or Himalayan bowl or crystal bowl. Here are some of the reasons why people put water in singing bowls!
- Dulling the sound or changing the tone
- Charging the water with positive vibrations
- Interesting effects, observing the water drops leaping out of the bowl.
Here’s more information about the reasons to put water in your singing bowl.
How it works
The continual rubbing around the rim of the singing bowl produces vibrations and the water inside starts to resonate with the vibrational frequency. When sound waves travelling in the air reach a high enough frequency then the resonating water will begin to ripple on the surface and once enough momentum occurs, the water drops will leap out of the water. The sound produced by leaping water drops is similar to raindrops or gentle water ripples.
The loudness of the bowl is controlled by the speed and force you rub the singing bowl during playing. The tone can be adjusted by adding water or changing the temperature of the bowl. R. WIJESIRIWARDANA (2017) carried out his study looking at how resonant (vibrational) responses vary depending on the temperature of the bowl.
His test involved experimenting with temperatures from 4c to 40c. The test found a direct correlation between the bowl temperature and sound frequency. The results show that if you want the singing bowl to be at a frequency then you must keep the temperature in a certain range.
Why do people fill singing bowl’s with water?
1. Changing the tone of your Tibetan singing bowl
Maybe you would like to change the frequency and tone of thier bowl for a music experiment or you find a certain tone more soothing to the ear? I would imagine if you want to open a certain chakra then you might be able to change the frequency to a range that helps your chakra open.
When adding water to a singing bowl try adding small amounts, like 10mls at a time until you reach the required tone or frequency. Monitor the temperature too because like I mentioned the temperature also changes the tone and frequency.
Then when you have the correct tone or frequency, record it so you know the correct temperature and water to use next time.
2. Charged Water
The charging of water in singing bowls is believed to give the water healing qualities that improve mood and revitalise you when you drink it. The method for”charging” water is as easy as putting water in the singing bowl and playing it.
We couldn’t find any research to back up this belief and if you are interested in drinking the water then we recommend you check your singing bowl material is not toxic. Bowls are made of different metals and can contain elements that contaminate water. This is certainly one of the hidden dangers of singing bowls and water.
3. The vibrational effects of water movement in the bowl.
The interesting and sometimes chaotic effect of playing the bowl while water is inside has even been documented by the BBC. The sound waves creates ripples on the surface and these turn into a fizzy effect and the water droplets jump out of the water and crash into each other in a choatic display.
In summary we believe water is a good alternative to having an empty singing bowl with no water. We recommend you experiment and test out how much water is good for you to use and let us know how you get on if you like!
Here’s a large tibetan singing bowl video as an example.