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Need a musical Gift? We have you covered! Koshi Chimes, Kalimbas, handpans, Zenko drums and more!
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  • We're back for the NAMM Show's 2022 Believe in Music Week!
    January 19, 2022 Joule L'Adara

    We're back for the NAMM Show's 2022 Believe in Music Week!

    Founded in 1901, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) has a mission to strengthen the music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music.

    What is Believe in Music?

    Believe in Music

    Believe in Music is the global gathering to unify and support the people who bring music to the world.

    Building on the success of last year’s Believe in Music Week, this online event will feature a mix of comprehensive programming and professional education as well as an interactive brand pages to connect buyers and sellers – all designed to elevate the innovation and inspiration found across the industry, kick-off the New Year, and look ahead to reuniting in-person at The 2022 NAMM Show (which is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles this June - we hope to attend!)

    The online celebration will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022 and Friday, January 21, featuring a global livestream, interactive brand pages and unique content. Select content will be available on-demand Saturday, January 22 – Sunday, January 23, 2022.

    Sign up for free at: registration.namm.org

     We Play Well Together

    Then check out our latest video montage featuring our favorite handcrafted musical instruments ranging from pocket-sized kalimbas to handpans, to Sound Furniture from feeltone, Hokema & Metal Sounds.

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  • Masterful Sound Layering with Koshi, Kalimbas & Zaphir Chimes!
    November 15, 2021 Joule L'Adara

    Masterful Sound Layering with Koshi, Kalimbas & Zaphir Chimes!

    Holiday Gifts: Hokema, Zaphir & Koshi Chimes

    Know what makes the best gift for your favorite person? A custom matched-set of chimes and Kalimbas!

    These delightful hand-held instruments can be combined for masterful sound layering - utilized by professional musicians and sound practitioners as well as by non-musicians who are longing for the power to make their own music. Kalimbas and hand-chimes are safe for kids and delight adults. 

    Koshi Chimes & Matching Kalimbas from We Play Well Together

    Watch our new video to get inspired by these beautiful twinkly tone combinations in triple sound layering... 

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Instagram Challenge - Amazing Free Instrument Giveaways!
    February 5, 2021 Joule L'Adara

    Instagram Challenge - Amazing Free Instrument Giveaways!

    As Part of the NAMM 2021 "Believe in Music" Virtual Show, We Play Well Together is running a contest that goes until the end of February when we'll be GIVING AWAY some amazing products including some of our best-selling instruments! 

    To enter the contest you must: 

    1) Follow @weplaywelltogether on Instagram

    2) Create a Story, Post, or Reel (can be text, photo, and/or video content) where you share which product giveaway you'd like to receive and what's great about it. You MUST tag @weplaywelltogether in your post!

    You can enter multiple times for more than one item. Extra points will be given if you tag others in your post and encourage friends or followers to post as well!

    We'll be announcing the winners live on IG on March 1st at 4pm Pacific Time. Winners will also receive Direct Messages on Instagram when we'll ask for your mailing address to ship you the products. You must respond within 2 week's time in order to claim your prize. 

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  • We Play Well Together at the NAMM Show 2021
    January 22, 2021 gabriele schwibach

    We Play Well Together at the NAMM Show 2021

    We Play Well Together is proud to have been presented in a virtual booth at the NAMM Show 2021 "Believe in Music" Week in January! 

    We've been attending NAMM in Los Angeles every year for the past few conferences. Due to the ongoing pandemic, The 2021 NAMM Show was all online. Our team got to work building a virtual exhibitor booth and we put together a ton of great video content highlighting our instrument makers and latest products! We'll be highlighting these videos in blog posts and newsletters to our We Play Well Together community in the weeks and months ahead. 

    You can still attend NAMM through the end of February - to browse all the digital booths and view recordings of the workshops and presentations on product demonstrations, music industry news, marketing tips, and much more. Just go to: attend.believeinmusic.tv to offer your email address and you're in! 

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  • A Portrait: Christine Stevens, Music Therapist, Author, and Speaker, USA
    May 12, 2020 gabriele schwibach

    A Portrait: Christine Stevens, Music Therapist, Author, and Speaker, USA

    Christine Stevens with the Hokema Sansula
    A Portrait: Christine Stevens, MT
    An Interview with Annalena Horl 
     
    Christine, when did music interest you and when did you start drumming?
    First of all, I thought I had no sense of rhythm at all. I almost failed the percussion class at college. But then a drum circle changed my life. I learned to play congas and improvise freely.
    How would you describe your personal philosophy regarding drums and their magic?
    For me, drums are a portal to musical expression. Their simple handling, their spiritual depth and historical significance, as well as scientifically proven evidence of their healing effects, make them an instrument of transformation, healing, prayer and fun.
    When did you get to know the Kalimba Sansula?
    That was during a national conference for music therapists. I tried them out and bought two of them.
    How do you use the Sansula and what are the possibilities of using the instrument? What effect does the Sansula have on your students and listeners?
    I use the Sansula in my healing drum groups, in which we practice the healing rhythm with every participant. These can be seniors, cancer patients or even companies. The sound of the Sansula is always calming and mystical.
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