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Music Therapists on utilizing our instruments for Music Therapy
October 8, 2021 gabriele schwibach

Music Therapists on utilizing our instruments for Music Therapy

The We Play Well Together family of instruments - which include monochords, tongue drums, handpans, kalimbas and hanging chimes - have all been utilized in a variety of different music therapy applications. 
According to Music Therapist Katie Down (LCAT, MT-BC, MMT, MM):
"possible clinical uses of our instruments include: 
  • Bedside for Hospice Care
  • Ameliorate somatic symptoms associated with emotional stress
  • Recreative and Receptive Methods
  • Clinical Improvisation
  • Song Writing
  • Self-Soothing Methods
  • Supporting Children and Adults with Special Needs
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Therapeutic Group and Relational Work
  • Supporting Vocal Exploration and Breath Work" 
We created a 15-minute highlight video just for music therapists to get an idea of the many different instruments and possible applications for their use, featuring instruments built by Hokema Kalimbas, feeltone and Metal Sounds.
(Click "READ MORE" below to access the video..) 
...
And be sure to join us in our digital booth this week at the American Music Therapy Association 2021 Conference October 14th -17th! 
 
AMTA 2021
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  • Music Therapists on utilizing our instruments for Music Therapy
    October 8, 2021 gabriele schwibach

    Music Therapists on utilizing our instruments for Music Therapy

    The We Play Well Together family of instruments - which include monochords, tongue drums, handpans, kalimbas and hanging chimes - have all been utilized in a variety of different music therapy applications. 
    According to Music Therapist Katie Down (LCAT, MT-BC, MMT, MM):
    "possible clinical uses of our instruments include: 
    • Bedside for Hospice Care
    • Ameliorate somatic symptoms associated with emotional stress
    • Recreative and Receptive Methods
    • Clinical Improvisation
    • Song Writing
    • Self-Soothing Methods
    • Supporting Children and Adults with Special Needs
    • Early Childhood Development
    • Therapeutic Group and Relational Work
    • Supporting Vocal Exploration and Breath Work" 
    We created a 15-minute highlight video just for music therapists to get an idea of the many different instruments and possible applications for their use, featuring instruments built by Hokema Kalimbas, feeltone and Metal Sounds.
    (Click "READ MORE" below to access the video..) 
    ...
    And be sure to join us in our digital booth this week at the American Music Therapy Association 2021 Conference October 14th -17th! 
     
    AMTA 2021
    Read now
  • How to Choose Your Zenko Drum Tuning
    August 16, 2021 Joule L'Adara

    How to Choose Your Zenko Drum Tuning

    Know what makes Zenko the "Porsche" of Tongue-Drums? 

    Tongue drums have become immensely popular recently and there are now a large variety of different brands out there offering their own version of these portable and robust metal instruments. You can find inexpensive ones in music stores that are usually mass produced. So what makes Zenko Drums made by Metal Sounds so special out of all the tongue drums that are out there? 

    With meticulous pitch-perfect tuning, the Zenko Drum allows you to discover bewitching and meditative harmonics that will level-up your sound meditation and music therapy offerings for live sessions. It's a professional grade instrument that can also be mounted on a adapted cymbal stand (there's a bolt-hole on the bottom! and we have adapters) to add accents as part of your drum kit or percussion setup. 

    Porsche 911

    Basically, the Zenko is the "Porsche" (the beautiful European sports-car) of the tongue drum: sleek, elegant, and of the highest quality. In comparison, other mass-produced and sometimes colorful tongue drums on the market at lower price points can be great for parties, playing with kids, basic music instruction, getting all sandy at the beach or simple musical fun! 
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  • How to play the Chord Magnets on the Hokema B17 Kalimba
    July 22, 2021 Joule L'Adara

    How to play the Chord Magnets on the Hokema B17 Kalimba

    Over the past winter, Peter Hokema (founder of Hokema kalimbas) made a charming video in on a snowy day in Germany demonstrating how to use the chord magnets to mark chords on the B17 Kalimba to more easily find the chords to play on groups of tines to accompany melodies.

    We translated Peter's instructions into English and shot our own version to share on Youtube. Now that it's ready, we're now in the height of summer. We thought you'd love to receive it anyway so that watching the snow might cool you off during the hottest summer months here in North America.

    The Hokema B17 Kalimba

    Kalimbas are metal-tined instruments which originated in southern Africa and which can be found there in countless variations. Our Kalimba B17 C-major made by Hokema Kalimbas is meticulously hand-crafted out of solid American black cherry wood. The surfaces is treated and polished with natural oils and waxes. The B17 is ideal for improvisation and intuitive playing. 

    The B17 comes with a collection of tiny different colored magnets. These are designed to be placed at the top of the instrument in order to mark different chords for ease of playing to easily and quickly visualize where the chords begin and end. You can place the magnets anywhere that makes sense to you, depending on the song you're playing. 

    Hokema B17 Kalimba

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  • The Metal Sounds Story!
    June 18, 2021 Joule L'Adara

    The Metal Sounds Story!

    Metal Sounds:

    Handpans Handmade in France

     

    SPACEDRUM®, the intuitive handpan, is a metal melodic instrument inspired by the original steel drum (aka the steelpan) and by the Hang® invented by PANArt® in 2000. Metal Sounds' handpans have been designed and handcrafted since 2006, and were the first handpan producer in France.

    As requirements, tastes, and desires vary, Metal Sounds offers two different lines of handpans:

    Spacedrum Evolution

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  • Gifts to Support the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)
    May 5, 2021 Joule L'Adara

    Gifts to Support the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

    The Sarayaku Art Project: 

    Uplifting Indigenous Women in the Ecuadorian Amazon

    The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International and We Play Well Together are honored to partner with the Kichwa women of Sarayaku in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.

    We're thrilled to now be supporting this group by importing and selling their beautiful beaded jewelry on our website. We Play Well Together has donated funds to purchase the first round of artwork from the Sarayaku Women in addition to donating website and logistical support to send them to you.

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  • Bonus Time Music: Live-Looping of Our Instruments with Brandon Blake!
    April 22, 2021 Joule L'Adara

    Bonus Time Music: Live-Looping of Our Instruments with Brandon Blake!

    Musician, Child Educator and Animal Rights Activist Brandon Blake of @bonustimemusic went live on Facebook during the NAMM 2021 virtual Show "Believe in Music" Week to demonstrate his unique way of working with the WE PLAY WELL TOGETHER family of instruments including: Hokema Kalimbas, Metal Sounds Tongue Drums, and feeltone Monochords & Tinka Tongs - combined with electric bass and live looping. We think you'll find this video truly inspirational and will hopefully give you ideas of how you can utilize your instrument in intriguing combinations. 

    Brandon is truly an innovative musician - having created a specialized playing technique with the Hokema Kalimba Sansula in which he taps and strikes the drumhead of the instrument while plucking and muting the metal tines. Plus - he's figured out a brilliant method to instantly retune the instrument in the middle of his playing - using tiny weighted magnets!

    Brandon is also a bass player who skillfully incorporates live looping. Watch him create incredible soundscapes in real time by looping Kalimba, Tongue-Drum and Monochord accompanied by some satisfying bass-bombs to build a body-moving groove overlaid with rich sonic textures and thrilling overtones. 

    Watch the Video Demonstration.... 

    Live Looping with Brandon Blake

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  • How do you MAKE a handpan??
    March 15, 2021 Joule L'Adara

    How do you MAKE a handpan??

    How DO you make a handpan?

    We got to go behind the scenes with our friends at Metal Sounds the South of France to find out!

    ...turns out the answer is a LOT of care, craftsmanship, heaps of hammering, laser-cutting, patience, and good ears (along with high-precision tuners!)

    We put together this video showcase for Metal Sounds and can't wait to share it with you...

    Metal Sounds:

    A Showcase of Passion, integrity & quality!

    In this video you will get to:

     

    -GO behind the curtain at the Metal Sounds workshop in the South of France to see how they build the Spacedrum handpans and Zenko tongue drums 
    ...
    METAL Sounds

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  • Spacedrum: Nitro vs. Evolution (+Handpan Recording Techniques!)
    February 18, 2021 Joule L'Adara

    Spacedrum: Nitro vs. Evolution (+Handpan Recording Techniques!)

    "This particular handpan by Metal Sounds is one of the most beautiful that I've personally played before!" - Todd Boston, January 2021

    In this 7-minute video, acclaimed Producer and Composer Todd Boston talks about the the differences between the Metal Sounds Spacedrum Nitro and Spacedrum Evolution - offering his impressions on what makes each model possess a unique sound quality.
    Todd Boston - Handpan Recording Techniques

    Want to know how to record a handpan?

    Towards the end of the video, Todd offers tips on how to best mic the sound of handspans using the mid side mic technique. If you like to geek out on technology or are an audio engineer, read on...

     

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