This is simply the widest study of the secred instruments of the Tibetan region ever, covering singing bowls, dribu (the Tibetan hand bell) and ting-sha (small paired cymbals). Its author is uniquely qualified, having begun his lifelong association with the bowls back in 1971, when they first started to appear in the west. He has also made no less than 105 recordings, most of them featuring bowls. Frank thus offers forty year of closeness to singing bowls and their sounds in a form that will appeal to everyone their sound touches – whether those people approach them from a musical perspective, as sacred sound, or as instruments in sound healing.
Covered in this book are no less than 250 different styles of bowls and the techniques that can be employed in drawing musical and consciousness – raising sound from them. Frank discussed basic information about how to choose the right bowl, the wands and mallets to use for each type, and continue into the yoga of sound(nada), mantra, and also the relation of different bowls to the zodiac, the planets and the chakras. He separates these from concert instruments by a detailed analysis of all their fundamentals and partials and illustrates these with the cymatic photography of john Stuart Reid, never before applied to bowl sounds.