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I've been fascinated for many years with Tuvan Throat-Singing, particularly the group Huun-Huur-Tu. A few years ago I happened upon a Scientific American article (which I have since misplaced) that enumerated several of the styles.

  • Khoomei. False-vocal-chord vibration, selecting overtones with a round lip-shape and a soft tongue (Wu, Woah, Wuh, Weh).

  • Sygyt. Laryngeal vibration, selecting overtones with a tightened throat and a sharply arched tongue (Aaaaa, Iiiiii, Eeeee).

  • Kargyraa. False-vocal-chord vibration, overtones as with Sygyt.

Does anyone know more than that? (This is the sum of my technical knowledge on throat-singing and it's not enough: I can get about 3, maybe 4 distinct notes with Khoomei; but zero progress on the other two. And often I run out of breath before I can even find the tones.)

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Here are some more or less useful "tutorials" on YouTube:

How to sing OVERTONES (Miroslav Grosser)

Overtone singing - basic techniques (Jonny Cope)

Throat Singing tutorial (HomemadeBanjo)

Throat Singing Tutorial (Subtleinductor)

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Thanks for the fast response. If only I hadn't screwed up my sound card yesterday!!! +1 in anticipation of usefulness. – luser droog Nov 21 '11 at 10:52
I listened to some of these today, and I very much like the "HomemadeBanjo" one (with the spectrum analyzer). And then I was led to Inuit Throat singing, which is very similar to a strange song on Black Texicans (Alan Lomax Recordings). Weeeird stuff. Thanks again! – luser droog Nov 27 '11 at 5:18

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