The Two Sounds of Your Gong
The Gong is renowned for its complexity and multiplicity of sounds, and its ability to create an incredibly rich soundscape.
Yet there are are only two basic sounds the Gong produces: Fundamental Tones and Harmonic Overtones.
The fundamental tone is what we consider to be the voice of the Gong, an almost deep consistent sound that sustains over time. A good way to experience the fundamental sound of the Gong is to strike one (or several times very slowly) slightly below and slightly off-center for a flat gong (as are most European gongs and the Chinese gongs) and on the raised boss, or nipple of an Indonesian gong.