More on Tuvan throat singing

Mongolians probably watch non-Mongolians ‘throat-singing’ on youtube and laugh and laugh.

On the other hand, a Mongolian barbershop quartet would be awesome.

Oh well. That’s the way the ball bounces.

I have reached the point where I can usually get a throat-singing-type sound whenever I want. It took forever, but I can do it now, especially when I am alone. I have always been inhibited about singing in front of other people, except Christmas carols.

This morning, in my bathroom, I determined that I cannot throat sing and pee at the same time.

Later this morning, driving my car and throat singing, it occurred to me that this is a blessing. Still later, in the men’s room at the UN, I had the same thought again. Everyone was peeing, no one was throat singing. In the long run, it would be stressful if you went into the bathroom and everyone was peeing and throat singing.

Same with driving on the freeway.

Tuvan throat singing progress report

Surprised myself the day before yesterday by actually getting it right while driving home from work. It only lasted a few seconds, though, and I sort of scared myself. It’s an awesome sound. Haven’t been able to repeat it since, but am still trying. It was very encouraging. All the different tutorials on youtube have helped, but only to a somewhat limited degree. All they seem to have in common are they can sort of get you started, but you have to take the leap to actually figuring it out all by yourself. That, and they are filmed in absolutely filthy bedrooms.

This is definitely the most irritating thing I have tried to do yet, and that’s saying a lot. I can only try it while¬† driving alone, and that’s sort of dangerous because besides giving me a sore throat, it also makes me dizzy because I forget to breathe, and requiring a lot of concentration my driving suffers. Also I thought I was going to give myself a heart attack yesterday so I stopped for a while.