The Turko-Mongol people of Southern Siberia and Western Mongolia are well known for their many styles of "throat singing," a style in which a singer produces more than one note at a time. They're not the only culture to practice a form of polyphonic overtone singing, as it's also called, and that's for good reason: there's nothing unique to their genetics that gives them this impressive ability; just special techniques and a whole lot of practice.
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Watch German musician Anna-Maria Hefele demonstrate her impressive polyphonic singing ability.
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Key Facts In This Video
Our speaking voices don't have one fundamental tone. 00:00
The technique of two cavities splits the mouth cavity into two parts using the tongue. 02:02
Hear an example of Tuvan throat-singing: 02:28
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