Vocal Overtoning


Vocal Overtoning is a powerful and fun exercise that involves learning to use the voice to create harmonics. These are sounds that result from two or more frequencies being created at the same time. They are quite extraordinary to listen to because quite often they seem to come from “nowhere” or from spaces within the room that are at a distance from the person creating them. Harmonics or Overtones exist naturally in all sounds, but we have not been taught about them and so, even if we hear them, we are not aware of it. In workshops I teach techniques that one can use to create these sounds with your own voice. Every persons voice has it’s own unique overtones – this is what differentiates one person’s voice from another. This is also what differentiates the same note, say a “C”, on a piano to a “C” on a violin. Both have the same fundamental frequency – “C” – yet you can hear a distinct difference between the two because of their different overtones or harmonics. 

Harmonics can be thought of as the “colour of a sound”. Just like white light can be split into the spectrum of colours, so each sound has it’s own unique harmonics. Harmonics are extremely powerful sounds that have a truly profound effect on our consciousness. They shift our awareness, adjust our brainwave frequencies, and can be used as powerful transformative and even healing tools. They are often described as “the chorus of angels”. They sometimes sound like bells or bagpipes. Many diverse traditions have used them. Gregorian Chants, Eastern Chants and many other forms of voice work are rich in overtones. 

In workshops I take great pleasure in seeing adults and children alike as they hear the first self-created overtone come out of their mouth. Their faces light up with excitement. They feel exhilarated, relaxed,  highly energised and, almost always, a little transformed.

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