How to Choose a Quartz Crystal Singing Bowl
Buying a quartz crystal singing bowl, whether it is frosted, clear or a handle bowl, is not a simple process. One reason is that much of the information on crystal singing bowls out there is misleading. The other is, how do you pick which pitch you would like, and which size? This page is a support to help you choose which crystal bowl is right for you. Please read through it once before you make your purchase. It will illuminate many things about crystal bowls. If you would like to speak to us, please give us a call 802-674-9585 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org for personalized support.
Crystal Bowls and Chakras
The relationship between chakras and specific musical notes is a modern phenomenon. There is no historical documents that show that any of the world’s spiritual traditions have ever believed that the C major scale (C-D-E-F-G-A-B) corresponds to the chakras. There is no real evidence that proves that the C major scale corresponds to the chakras. It seems that this relationship was created sometime in the last twenty years, and somehow then became the standard in the crystal bowl industry. We believe that using a chakra set can be useful as a tool to focus from the lower chakras up to the higher chakras, however it is not necessary to get a root chakra bowl to work on the root chakra, or a crown chakra bowl to work on the crown chakra. You can use any sound to work on any chakra. I repeat, you can use any sound to work on any chakra. What is important when working on the chakras is the quality of your own intention and awareness rather than the tone itself. That being said, working with a chakra set can be a really inspiring experience, and using lower to higher bowls to guide people through their body and mind can be an incredible powerful and worthwhile to consider doing.
So What Should I Buy?
So, if you want to buy one crystal singing bowl, rather than buying crystal bowls based off of chakras, we recommend buying the crystal bowl you like the sound of. We believe you will get much more lasting satisfaction listening to and meditating with a sound you like rather than a sound you think you’re supposed to listen to. To make a selection, you can listen to 2 octaves of sound files here. You can also listen to each of our frosted crystal bowls here, each of our clear crystal bowls here, and each of our handle crystal bowls here.
If you want to buy more than one crystal singing bowl, we recommend buying a harmonic set. This would be 2-5 crystal singing bowls that are all in harmonic relationship with each other, such as a C, E and G combination. Humans have studied the harmonic relationships between sounds for thousands of years, and there is documented evidence that harmonic relationships help to relax the body and mind. You can view our harmonic crystal singing bowl sets here. We can also create a harmonic set based off of any one bowl of your choosing, so if you wanted a custom harmonic set just let us know what one sound you really like from our sound files, and we will be happy to put together a harmonic set for you. You can email us at email@example.com or call us 802-674-9585.
What about a chakra set?
If you did want to buy a chakra set, you need to make sure that the set is truly incremental, meaning all the bowls are tuned perfectly to each other. Otherwise you will receive what is akin to an out of tune piano. We only sell chakra sets that are perfectly in tune with each other for this reason. With a chakra set you will receive a C major scale – Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti. We recommend getting a 8 bowl set, because this will finish off the octave with a final Do – meaning, Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-DO. This adds a sense of completion to the set. Chakra sets are wonderful because the major scale is wonderful to play with. It is worldwide the most popular scale, alongside of the minor pentatonic which we also sell sets in. Worldwide, people recognize these notes, and there are great harmonies that can be made from it. If you would like to work with the 7 chakras, and feel like having a different note for each chakra is a good guide, then a chakra set may be right for you. But you do not need a full chakra set to work with the chakras, as discussed above. Lastly, the chakra set does not need to be in the key of C (C-D-E-F-G-A-B). We can make the progression of do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti starting with any note, so if you like the 3rd octave B note the best for example, it may be worthwhile for you to contact us so we can let you listen to a chakra set that starts in the 3rd octave B note. firstname.lastname@example.org – 802-674-9585
Frosted vs Clear vs Handle Bowls?
There are generally three major types of crystal singing bowls: Frosted, Clear and Handle Bowls. Frosted bowls are white, and are rough on the outside. They have the thickest walls out of any of the bowls, so they can hold the most vibration. Because of this frosted bowls are generally the loudest and more vibrant option you can choose. If you would like to play crystal bowls for a room full of people, frosted bowls will give them a full-bodied experience of sound. Clear bowls are clear and smaller than frosted bowls. Clear bowls generally give off two tones when struck, playing a prominent note and then a higher harmonic, around an 11th above. When you sing the bowl, just the prominent note comes through. Clear bowls are not as loud as frosted bowls as they have smaller walls, however, they have a much longer sustain and a clearer tone. If you are playing bowls personally, clear bowls would be a great option for you. We suggest buying a clear bowl that is at least 8 inches in diameter, as smaller clear bowls can be difficult to play. Handle Bowls are basically a clear bowl with a handle on the end of them. Because there is handle on them, you can play them while moving, standing up, or sitting in a comfortable chair. You can also move them across people’s bodies to work on specific locations on their body. Also, because the bowl is stable in your hand, the handle bowls are much louder and easier to play than clear bowls. The only downside to a handle bowl is that you can’t play more than one at a time, because you have to use on of your hands to hold the bowl. We have found value in handle bowls of all sizes, but especially enjoy them 7 inches or larger.
What is a good size for a frosted crystal bowl? Large vs Small Frosted Bowls?
Frosted bowls come between 6 inches and 28 inches. We generally sell 8 to 18 inch sizes, though have other sizes available. Different sized bowls have different properties. Not all tones are possible in all sizes. See the table below for a general outline of how sizes and tones work.
3rd octave C - 16” bowl and larger
3rd octave D – 16” bowl and larger
3rd octave E – 16” bowl and larger
3rd octave F – 16” Bowl and larger
3rd octave G – 14” Bowl and larger
3rd octave A – 12” Bowl and larger
3rd octave B – 11” Bowl and larger
4th octave C – 14” bowl and smaller
4th octave D – 14” bowl and smaller
4th octave E – 13” bowl and smaller
4th octave F – 13” bowl and smaller
4th octave G – 12” bowl and smaller
4th octave A – 10” bowl and smaller
4th octave B – 9” bowl and smaller
5th octave C – 8” bowl and smaller
There are exceptions to this size guideline. Sometimes you’ll find a bowl that does not fit in it, but generally this is how the pitch of different sized bowls work. You won’t find a 3rd octave G tone in a 10 inch bowl. It just isn’t possible. You also won’t find a 4th octave C tone in a 18” bowl. It isn’t possible. There are restrictions for the size of bowl you will get if you want a specific pitch.
Many people only want large bowls because of the strength of their sound. Large bowls produce a large volume with a large amount of vibration. They are also easy to make sing, and easy to meditate too because of this. Many people however, who are sensitive to loud sounds, can’t handle the larger bowls. When playing for a group, you’ll need to be mindful of this in how loudly you are playing the bowl. Another thing to consider with larger bowls is that, past 16 inches it may be difficult for you to get your arm comfortably around the bowl to make it sing. This may be a distraction to your meditation, or something you will need to just get used to. Lastly, it is difficult to get many large crystal bowls around you so you can play them all at the same time. If you would like to play multiple bowls to make harmonies, it is much easier to do this with 10-12 inch bowls, which still produce a good volume.
There is a difference between a 10 and a 9-8 inch bowl. Once you get below 10 inches you get a general decrease in both volume and ease in playing the bowls. I personally like 8 inch bowls, but they do have much less of a sustain, and can take some getting used to. Generally, the most popular bowls are between 10-14 inches. In this range you will be getting a good sound, a good amount of vibration, and the bowl won’t be too big or too heavy for you to carry around and work with.