Blowing Sankha

Blowing the conch:

Hold the conch comfortably with your dominant hand, covering the hole at the back (where the animal used to be) with your fingers.

Position your lips: Purse your lips tightly as if you’re whistling and place them on the mouthpiece. Experiment with different lip shapes and tightness to find what works best for you. Place the top part of the shell (where the top has been removed) over your lips and purse them together so that your lips are tightly closed in front of your teeth.Warm up your lips: Humming or doing lip trills beforehand can help warm up your lips and make them more flexible for playing.

Take a deep long breath: Fill your lungs with air, focusing on your diaphragm for a powerful blow. Breathe in deeply from your stomach, filling up your lungs. Hold your breath for a second. Wetting your lips slightly before puckering them can help with vibration.

Blow with force with Om sound: Exhale forcefully through your lips, aiming to create a vibration. It should feel like your lips are buzzing. This vibration is what produces the sound.

Blow out forcefully through your lips, keeping them close together. Your lips should vibrate slightly, creating a noise like a horn. It should feel like your lips are “buzzing.”

Adjust the pitch by loosening your lips or moving your tongue. Protrude your lips slightly to lower the pitch or slide your tongue behind your upper front teeth to raise it.

Remember to take deep breaths each time you blow into the conch, and take breaks if needed.

Adjust the pitch: You can control the pitch of the sound by manipulating your lips and tongue. Loosening your lips or moving your tongue forward generally lowers the pitch, while tightening your lips or moving your tongue back raises it.

Practice and patience: Mastering the conch takes time and practice. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t sound perfect right away. Keep practicing and experimenting with different techniques until you find your groove.

Additional tips:

Start with short bursts: Don’t try to blow for too long at first, as it can be tiring. Take short breaks in between attempts.

Listen to recordings: There are many recordings of conch shells online that you can listen to get a feel for the sound and different playing techniques.

Respect cultural significance: Conch shells hold cultural and religious significance in many communities. Be mindful of any local customs or traditions associated with conch blowing before playing.