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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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  • REBRAND REVEAL! 🎨
    March 24, 2022

    REBRAND REVEAL! 🎨

    Blow the trumpets! Strum the monochords! Bang on handpans, tongue-drums and Tinka Tongs! Send in choirs singing songs of joy while plucking on kalimbas! We have a new look:

    Yes, we've brightened ourselves up to big, bold, modern colors. But more importantly, we've defined what's most important about our company. Sure, we're the exclusive North American Distributor for fine, high-quality musical instruments that are hand-crafted by European Artisans using sustainable materials and packaging. And yes, the instruments in our collection are all intuitively played, empowering anyone from any background to instantly become a musician, while offering skilled musicians the opportunity to play with sound in innovative, intuitive ways.
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    But most importantly, We Play Well Together is about togetherness: convening in online and offline spaces with other people in order to experience, listen, receive, interact, interweave, converse, revel, cavort, (sometime clown around, sometime mourn), make and create. The melodious tones of our instruments are the medium through which people all over the world can create meaningful connections and to forge the kinds of experiences that make a life worth living.
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    We supply the tools, but we can only play well, er... together. Our community is everything and we're so glad you're a part of ours!

    With Gratitude

    Gabriele Schwibach + Team

    We Play Well Together: Instruments in Community

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  • We're back for the NAMM Show's 2022 Believe in Music Week!
    January 19, 2022

    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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  • We Play Well Together for Kwanza!
    December 1, 2021

    We Play Well Together for Kwanza!

    We Play Well Together for Kwanza

    WE PLAY WELL TOGETHER presents an online participatory celebration with Musical Artist Robbi Kumalo

    Learn about the holiday Kwanza and why it's important to the African American community. Then enjoy a demonstration of musical instruments from around the world, followed by an invitation to join in participatory music making using any instrument and/or your voice. Bring your drums, kalimbas, steel pans, handpans, shakers, strings, monochord keys or any other instrument to make a joyful noise!

    Join us for free on Monday, December 27th at 12 noon ET

    Robbi K

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

    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..) 
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    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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  • Bonus Time Music: Live-Looping of Our Instruments with Brandon Blake!
    April 22, 2021

    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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  • Community
    July 22, 2020

    Community

    Now fully online!

    The Secrets of the Monochord: Level 1, Part 1

    The power of overtones & natural acoustic vibration for Sound Meditation, Sound Baths,  & Sound Massage

    A Day-Long Online Retreat Training with USA Feeltone Trainer Joule L’Adara, MFA in Music 

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    This is the first part of the “Secrets of the Monochord” weekend intensive. Normally an in-person 2.5 day retreat, but since the "pandemic times", we're now offering half of the training online in a one-day virtual retreat format. While there is a portion of the training that doesn't translate to distance learning (such as experiencing the magic of a group of monochord players layering together vibrations in the same acoustic space!) the instructional aspects of the training that DO work wonderfully online will offer you a more profound connection to your instrument and improved playing within this one-day deep-dive. (You'll also have the option of attending the full weekend in person for 1/2 price in the future when it is safe to gather again!) 
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    This hands-on intimate intensive workshop will give you the opportunity to play, experience, and learn more about the feeltone Monochords including the Monolini and Monolina body therapy monochords plus the larger Concert and Meditation Monochords. Learn Monochord playing techniques including: how to create a "flying sound carpet" rich with overtones by bringing out the different harmonics to accent your playing, as well as how to tell evocative stories on the monochord by changing the 5 playing perimeters...

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  • How I De-Stress with Monochord
    May 17, 2020

    How I De-Stress with Monochord

    A Self-Practice for Difficult Times

     By: Feeltone Trainer Joule L'Adara

    During the worst days of the Coronavirus outbreak when around 1000 people per day were perishing of Covid-19 in the small geographic area around me in NYC, I needed a practice I could use that would meet me in the heightened state of that moment. I needed to shake, wail, moan, make crazy sounds, run around my apartment, roll on the ground, cry, howl. Only if I did that for a good 5 minutes at full intensitiy until I utterly exhausted myself, could I then start to make more soothing sounds to comfort my nervous system. Another five more minutes of sounding, I could finally handle sitting in a mediation in stillness. I'd expressed what I'd been collecting inside me since the last time I practiced. I'd emptied out. And now there was open space within to be with the stillness. 

     

    Later, I realized I could bring the monochord into this practice. In my daily self-care monochord practice, I first need to express my pent-up stuff on the instrument. I play it robustly! (She can handle it!) I make grand sweeping gestures up and down the strings, I bang across the surface with the palms of my hands, I use my thumbs, claw at the instrument with my fingernails, and make all kinds of crazy sounds with my voice and breath. It's super cathartic! It draws the excess energy I have from all the angst, fear, anger, trauma, and the unnamable emotions... transforming it into something epic, explosive, and even at moments: surprisingly joyful...

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