Latest News


Stuart HINDS

Check Out My New Store!

Finally, all the books and recordings I’ve been telling you about are available, including the new album “Canyons and Sky.”
Making Music with Overtone Singing – book and recordings
The Overtone Singing Virtuoso – book and recordings
Composing Music for Overtone Singing


BOOKS (pdf)
I have completed a monumental three-volume work of compositions and instruction for overtone singing.
1. Making Music with Overtone Singing
2. An Overtone Experience/Eine Oberton Erfahrung
3. The Overtone Singing Virtuoso
The first two books feature a progressive sequence of learning objectives and provide exercises and compositions to reinforce each lesson.  The third book features advanced techniques and represents the highest expressive potential for overtone singing.

The Overtone Singing Virtuoso

The Overtone Singing Virtuoso $9.95 (recordings sold separately) 12 pieces for polyphonic overtone singing with commentary and instruction • advanced level skills and techniques • substantial commentary, analysis, and instruction…

Making Music with Overtone Singing

Making Music with Overtone Singing $9.95 (recordings sold separately) 14 pieces for overtone singing with steady fundamental pitch * lessons for beginners on how to bring out overtones and practice…

Composing Music for Overtone Singing

Composing Music for Overtone Singing $19.95 The complete guide

MP3 Albums

The Overtone Singing Virtuoso

The Overtone Singing Virtuoso companion recordings for the book

Making Music with Overtone Singing

Making Music with Overtone Singing companion recordings for the book


Renaissance Man Midnight Yokyoku The Blues Tuvan Groovin’ Fantasy Ballad Harmonic Overtures Variations Goodbye Ravi

wikiHow Staff : How to Throat Sing

How to Throat Sing

Explore this ArticleThroat Singing Improving your Sound Article Summary Questions & Answers Related Articles References

Also known as overtone singing or harmonic singing, throat singing manipulates your vocal chords to create melody. Famous in many Asiatic and some Inuit cultures, throat singing creates the illusion that you are singing more than one pitch at the same time, though you are actually singing only one frequency. When you do it successfully you will produce a whistling sound, or overtone, on top of your singing voice.


Throat Singing

  1. Image titled Throat Sing Step 1

    Relax your jaw and lips. Your mouth should be slightly open with roughly a centimeter between your upper and lower teeth.
  2. Image titled Throat Sing Step 2

    Make an “R” or “L” sound with the tip of your tongue. Your tongue should almost touch the roof of your mouth. Don’t worry if it brushes it occasionally, just get comfortable with the position.
  3. Image titled Throat Sing Step 3

    Sing a comfortably low “base” note. Sing and hold a note, just one note, with your tongue in place. You will be playing with this note to create your overtones. Sing from your chest, getting as deep as you can.

    • Think of saying “oo,” (like the sound in the word “cool”) with the deepest voice you can.
  4. Image titled Throat Sing Step 4

    Move the body of your tongue back and forth. Keeping the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Think of it as shifting between an “R” and an “L” sound with your tongue.
  5. Image titled Throat Sing Step 5

    Slowly change the shape of your lips to adjust the sound. Think of moving your mouth from an “E” sound to a “U” sound (“as if saying “see you” without the “s”). This changes the shape of your lips and the “resonance” of your mouth (how sound bounces around inside).

    • Do this slowly.
  6. Image titled Throat Sing Step 6

    Bring it all together to throat sing. Everyone’s mouth is a little different and there is no perfect formula for tongue position, mouth opening, or volume. Start with your basic “oooo” note, and then:

    • Place your tongue near the roof of your mouth in a “r” position.
    • Move your lips slowly between the “E” and “U” vowel sounds.
    • Slowly curl your tongue back and away from the your lips.
    • When you hear your overtones, stop moving your mouth and hold the tone.


Improving your Sound

  1. Image titled Throat Sing Step 7

    Practice with some background noise. These will hide your normal vocal tones and make your high-pitched “whistling” tones louder. Try practicing in the shower, while you drive, or while the TV is on in the back[1]

    • Don’t worry if you cannot hear the overtones at first. It is difficult to hear yourself singing overtones when you first begin, even if you are making them properly, because of the the resonance in your head.
  2. Image titled Throat Sing Step 8

    Sing with a loud, bright voice. When they are first starting out, most people don’t give enough power and energy behind their voice, To get the “ooooo” sound right, imagine you are trying to sing as someone squeezes your throat. Your voice will need to loud and forceful, and this will help you create overtones.[2]

    • After you master throat singing technique you can lower your volume and vocal power to something more comfortable.
  3. Image titled Throat Sing Step 9

    Focus on singing from your upper chest. There is a difference between your “chest voice” and you “head voice.” With you head voice, you usually sing at a higher pitch, and you can feel the sound coming from your throat. A chest voice feels “resonant,” and you can feel the vibrations along your upper chest.
  4. Image titled Throat Sing Step 10

    Practice changing notes. Once you can comfortably make sing with overtones, you can learn to make melodies by moving your lips and adjusting your base note. Open and close them like you were transitioning from an “E” sound to a “U” sound (“eeeeee &rarr: you).
  5. Image titled Throat Sing Step 11

    Listen to real life examples. Throat singing is found in cultures from Alaska to Mongolia and South Africa. The Smithsonian museum has an incredible collection of videos from these cultures, as well as some tutorials for burgeoning throat singers.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How can I sing less nasally and more throatily?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Blow your nose before a performance, use bigger breaths, and sing from the gut.
  • Question
    How bad can I injure my voice while practicing throat singing? Can I injure it permanently?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It is not possible to “permanently” damage your vocal chords by just using them. But if you’ve ever sung or talked for long periods of time, your throat will start to get a little sore. If you notice that it is starting to become uncomfortable to talk or sing, take a break and, if you so desire, have some hot tea with honey to help soothe your throat.
  • Question
    I believe you are describing (somewhat) the sygyt style of throat singing, but how do I produce the khoomei and kargyraa sounds?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    I learned the basic kargyraa sound by making the “creaking door sound” (that I was told to make when learning fry screams) and adding air and some deeper vocal notes to it slowly. This only worked for me when I was very well hydrated and warmed up, but this was much easier to learn than the sygyt style.
Ask a Question

Can you answer these readers’ questions?

On How to Hotwire a Car, a reader asks:
How do I get fire to the coils on a broken ignition switch?
On How to Prune Plum Trees, a reader asks:
How far back do I need to prune the branches?
How can I contact the driver to add specific directions for a ride scheduled the next day?

Video .


  • Clear your throat by coughing of drinking a glass of water before you begin.
  • If you’re sick and have a sore thoat/phlegm, you should probably wait to practice singing until you’re well again.


  • Do not over-strain yourself when trying to find which muscles to use, it can hurt quite a bit!

Made Recently

Did you try these steps?
Upload a picture for other readers to see.

Article Info

This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow’s Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article meets our high standards.

Categories: Singing

In other languages:

Español: cantar con la garganta, Русский: заниматься горловым пением, Português: Cantar com a Garganta, Deutsch: Kehlkopfsingen, Français: faire du chant guttural

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 153,166 times.
Did this article help you?

Harmonic Series – Explained

Harmonic Series – Explained

Published on Dec 10, 2016

Excellent explanation of the harmonic series

Intro To The Harmonic Series – TWO MINUTE MUSIC THEORY #31

Intro To The Harmonic Series – TWO MINUTE MUSIC THEORY #31

Published on Jan 17, 2018

Music is made by sound waves. The objects that make those waves make complex waves. Which create what we call Harmonics. Today we look at some Music Physics and get an intro to the Harmonic Series. Season 3, Episode 11 Bernstein Lecture on Harmonic Series:… Don’t forget to subscribe to Two Minute Music Theory! Connect on Social Media: Facebook: @twominutemusic Twitter: @twominutemusic Instagram: @twominutemusic Connect With Jesse Strickland Music on Social Media: Instagram: @jgstrickland7 Twitter: @jgstrickland7 Facebook: @jessestricklandmusic


What Are Harmonics? I Full Spectrum Science I Exploratorium


What Are Harmonics? I Full Spectrum Science I Exploratorium

Published on Jan 14, 2014

Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman at a live webcast where he’ll investigate sound waves, interference, beats, and harmonics. What is sound? How high a pitch can you hear? Can two sounds add up to no sound? Explore these questions and more in this resonant presentation. In this dynamic series, Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman covers different aspects of physics, including sound, color, heat and temperature, and electrostatics. To learn more about Full Spectrum Science, please visit:…


Trong hình ảnh có thể có: bầu trời, đại dương, ngoài trời, thiên nhiên và nước
Stuart Hinds

The new book is finished – a major contribution to the art.
stuart hindsSTUART HINDS
1. Harmonics
2. General Considerations
3. Music Notation for OS Compositions
4. Pitch Limitations in OS
5. Contrapuntal Music for Solo Voice
6. OS with Instruments
7. Composing and Arranging Songs for OS
8. OS in Choral Music
9. Influences from Non-Western Music
10. OS with Text
11. Advanced Techniques