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  • All about feeltone
    May 27, 2022

    All about feeltone

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    Learn all about these gorgeous wood dronal and percussive instruments crafted out the highest quality materials in Northern Germany, and how WE PLAY WELL TOGETHER has brought them to the American Market for music and sound therapists as well as composers and performers. We're now convening an interconnected international network around players of hypnotic soundscapes so that anyone can experience how to "feel the tone".

    Ingo Böhme

    (And no, that's not a typo: feeltone is always written with a lower-case f! :)

    We're making a joyful noise with feeltone as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year! That's 40 years of honing the craft of fine instrument building. 
     

    Fine Instruments made at the Baltic Sea: An Origin Story...

    Ingo Böhme is the founder and CEO of feeltone: a self-taught musician, researcher, instrument maker, businessman and entrepreneur.
    As a child Ingo had longed to play music, but was frustrated by early piano lessons in his native Germany where he was criticized for playing the "wrong notes." This caused him to abandon music making for many years, until a trip to Idaho in 1982 found him at a festival in the wilderness where he experienced playing intuitive instruments for the first time. Without training, without musical knowledge, he describes the feeling of being carried by the group, playing without thinking, invisibly guided. This was to become his vision, which he passes on with great enthusiasm through his work up through today: intuitive music making.

    "The most beautiful thing is to see the glow in the eyes when an instrument touches the heart with its sound." - Ingo Böhme

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  • How to chose your Monochord Flavor : C, A, G, F, D
    June 22, 2019

    How to chose your Monochord Flavor : C, A, G, F, D

    For the feeltone line of portable monochords (the Monolini or the Monolina) we offer five flavors C, A, G, F, D with C being the highest note and D the lowest.

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    All Monolinas have 34 strings: 24 overtone strings, 5 bass strings (one octave lower than the overtone) and 5 strings tuned to the interval of a fifth from the tonic string. Included are also 5 bridges for the overtone strings and a template that allows you to have accent melody notes tuned to either a major or minor pentatonic (5-note) scale. (You can also tune the melody notes to alternate scales of your choosing.) 
    The feeltone Company (based in Northern Germany) is working with a string maker that designs and creates strings that create the most volume and brilliance for each note, based on each tuning. The strings vary in material and design from the thin steel strings to the thicker "braided" bass strings (with copper coiling around an inner string), to create the right sound. The higher the note, the thinner the string. A thin string produces more overtones but less bass and physical sensation. 
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    Your first choice should be the sound "flavor" that resonates best with you and we have created a set of videos below that allow you to listen to the different tunings. Another consideration, if you're playing in a group of people (where multiple instruments will be played together at the same time), is the key the other instruments are in.
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    Each Monolina can be tuned in 440 Hz, 432 Hz, (or any other reference tuning).
    While you can tune the strings up or down a couple of 1/2-steps, if the strings are relaxed too much they won't have the correct vibration and brilliance, and if they get too tight, they might snap.
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