Khoomii (throat singing) lesson by Sundui

Khoomii lesson by Sundui, followed by two traditional melodies.

English translation (not perfect):

“To do exercises, you have to use the constricted voice of the “khoomii” (throat singing).
We use the vowels A, E, I, O, U, Ü to perform the exercises.
Let me demonstrate it for you.

(1st singing)

After this we connect it to the khoomii (tongue).

(2nd singing)

For beginners, you have to know the difference between making a sound from high and lower in the throat. Let me show you the one with making a sound from low.

(3rd singing)

Now you can connect it with your nasal pasages (open your sinus).

(4th singing)

There’s also constricting high in the throat way from near and make sounds only with the voice.

(5th singing)

There’s also sounding from afar.

(6th singing)

Aside from this, there’s also a style called “harhiraa”, or root constriction, here’s how it sounds

(7th singing)

Then you can bring the constriction up,

(8th singing)

These are the types of constriction you have to learn to do khoomii.”

Photos taken from these youtube-videos:

1st Audio-track is from the CD called Mongolia Traditional Music by UNESCO (1995).
Second track is extracted from the vinyl copy of “Vocal music of Mongolia”, recorded by Jean Jenkins.

19 thoughts on “Khoomii (throat singing) lesson by Sundui”

  1. I started practicing this last week. What I did was start out by humming
    the “mmmm” sound. It only took a few times for me to start hearing the
    overtone, but I’m still trying to learn to control the notes. an
    outstanding video that separates all 7 styles of throat singing can be
    found here /watch?v=7zZainT9v6Q&feature=related

  2. Sorta, you have to be relaxed, and just focus on pushing (without
    straining) air out just enough for you to feel the wind come out of your
    mouth in a straight stream(you can use an up stream or down stream for
    different effects, but it’s best to keep it balanced.) Then after that it
    just takes careful listening, make vowel sounds and find that sweet spot
    for each vowel…these are called formants. The hardest part is getting
    your vibrato to produce a perfect drone and a perfect overtone note.

  3. Nathan VanMiddlesworth Media

    If you use wrong technique ,or try too much too quickly, you will end up
    unable to speak! But if you use propper technique & learn slowly, not
    pushing yourself to do too much too quickly, it will actually improve your
    vocal abilities,by strengthining throat muscles!!! Two tones is simple!
    Most true Khoomii singers can actually do four tones at once & imatate
    some sounds in nature in pretty shocking ways

  4. EyeWitness Infinity

    No pain no gain theres always pain to start with as you get used to
    something its not even pain its just a feeling it actually feels good
    change is good.. its like the feeling you get when you are holding a stance
    the fire burning its a great feeling!!!

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