Does Size Matter? How Small, Medium, and Large Singing Bowls Differ

If you’ve just recently delved into the world of singing bowls, you’ll notice two things. The first is that there are a very wide range of singing bowls on the market. It’s almost as though no two singing bowls can be truly alike.

The second is that many people love to collect singing bowls. Rather than stop at single bowl, they have bowls of all sizes and origins, and may play each one differently.

Why own a range of bowls? Why select a singing bowl of a particular size? As you’ll find, there are some differences, but perhaps not what you’d expect.

Small Bowls

Despite the fact that sound can vary from singing bowl to singing bowl, smaller bowls aren’t necessarily inferior in volume and tone. They do tend to have a higher pitch, but so are larger bowls of a certain thickness.  

Small singing bowls typically do not exceed six inches, and its ability to travel is a big draw. A small, light singing bowl can go practically anywhere that you do. And unlike others, you can play it in the palm of your hand.

As long as you don’t let your fingers grip the sides when playing, they still produce clear, wonderful sounds. In fact, small bowls are more likely to “shimmer” as they sing, which makes them perfect for therapeutic applications.

Medium Bowls

Medium-sized bowls are only up to two inches larger than small bowls. Bowls of this size are common in meditation centers. While smaller bowls often produce that entrancing, ethereal sound, medium bowls sound more akin to the human voice.

Depending on the shape and construction, you can play a medium sized bowl in your hand. However, the vibrations will be stronger, so you must be more careful not to let it drop. Many find that playing the rim at a steady, slow pace prevents thinner bowls from vibrating too much.

If you began playing with a small singing bowl, you’ll appreciate adding a medium one to your collection.

Large Bowls

In the past, large singing bowls were only approximately one foot in diameter. Today, they can be a few feet in size. Therefore, they’re not as portable, but playing and hearing one is still an experience you’ll want to share with others.

Large bowls are a must at gatherings where multiple singing bowls are played at once. The effect is quite grounding, and rather appropriately, they’re often played on the ground. The larger size means a more powerful vibration, which can be felt on the surface the bowl is played on.

While all singing bowls can transform the vibrational energy of a room, a large singing bowl might have more impact.

Having Trouble Choosing?

When it comes to pitch and vibration, thickness is just as important as size. Many collectors find room for all sizes, shapes, and thicknesses in a set. Some are best for striking, some feel wonderful played around the rim, and others work together beautifully to create the perfect sound therapy session.

With so many excellent qualities for each, a lot of people don’t have trouble making a choice. As long as the design is high-quality, a bowl of any size will find its place. Still, the choice is entirely yours. To ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for in a singing bowl, you can design your own today with help from Silent Mind.

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  • Hello Patricia,

    Please listen to the sound clips available on our product display here Our experts advised that the key to choosing the right singing bowl is to listen and feel. Simply listen to the tone of different crystal singing bowls we have on the website. What tone most appeals to you?

    If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies.

    – Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at the Cornell Cancer Center

    If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to get back to us here. We are happy to help:)

    Stay safe and healthy:)

    Jamie Mendler on
  • I like to use large singing bowls they ring longer and I can play smaller bowls after the larger bowls are played. The larger bowls also have a nice binary beat thats when the sound bounces off the other bowl when played. I find that this sound is good for grounding and meditation.

    John Trudeau on
  • Good Morning,
    I’m wanting to purchase a crystal singing bowl to use in my yoga studio. I’m on a budget and can only buy one for now. I want it to be impactful enough to help ground and center my students.

    Patricia Grovey on
  • Good Morning,
    I’m wanting to purchase a crystal singing bowl to use in my yoga studio. I’m on a budget and can only buy one for now. I want it to be impactful enough to help ground and center my students.

    Patricia Grovey on
  • The size or thickness of a bowl doesn’t have any particular connection in Chakra. Two singing bowls with the same size and same thickness have different Chakra notes.

    Normally, most of the singing bowls have mix notes. If a singing bowl has a particular note then it is believed that the singing bowl will work best to heal the related chakra.

    Jamie Mendler on

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