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    July 22, 2020

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    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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  • Community is Everything. Get to know ours with our free live weekly meetups.
    July 2, 2020

    Community is Everything. Get to know ours with our free live weekly meetups.

    We take a moment to breathe together in a time of great upheaval - when we are expressing our collective grief and outrage at the systems of injustice in our society. In addition to being a musical instrument distribution company, We Play Well Together is committed to creating community and holding brave space for connection across distance and difference. In times when words divide, sound and music can bring us together into wholeness. We invite sound to be our greatest teacher. We hope that by initiating weekly free gatherings, we can contribute to our collective healing, self-inquiry, and create an ongoing open invitation to gather while amplifying our commitment to love and compassion for all. 

    We are here for you in community. 

    Introducing: Sounding Circles Sunday

    A Free Weekly Virtual Vocal Gathering 
    (You don't even need instruments for this!...) 
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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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  • How do you learn how to play an “intuitive” instrument?
    October 7, 2019

    How do you learn how to play an “intuitive” instrument?

    Certified Feeltone Trainer Joule L'Adara explains how a player learns to deepen one's practice playing an "intuitive instrument" in the Secrets of the Monochord Training that was developed by Martina Gläser. 

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    When I first attended the “Secrets of the Monochord” training, it was after I had already been playing my feeltone Monolina for 3 years. Initially I’d been invited to help translate the workshop from German as the instructor who beautifully created this course, Martina Gläser (having grown up in the former East Germany where Russian was taught in school) doesn’t speak English. Attending this weekend intensive was for me (mind you) after obtaining a Masters degree in Music, having “achieved”: years of voice lessons, piano lessons, music theory, a technical diploma in audio engineering, multiple sound healing certifications, being a Reiki Master, and having developed my own group vocal sound facilitation method I was teaching through workshops and intensive retreats. So  when I came across the feeltone monochords, I thought I only needed to tune this instruments, start strumming them, and glorious tones would emerge. (Partly) this was (totally) true...
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  • Secrets of the Monochord - Level 1 Training
    September 5, 2019

    Secrets of the Monochord - Level 1 Training

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

    with USA Feeltone Trainer Joule L’Adara, MFA in Music 

    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
    • create rich overtones
    • open your ear to the harmonic spectrum
    • differentiate recreate different sound qualities
    • learn different tuning options for the strings
    • have clinical practice time
    • +much more (read on...)
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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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  • feeltone Monochord in-person and Online Training
    December 28, 2018

    feeltone Monochord in-person and Online Training

    feeltone monochord training     monochord training     

    Why we offer Trainings:

    Our hands-on workshops will give you the opportunity to play, experience, and learn more about the Feeltone Monochords including the Monolini or Monolina Body Therapy Monochords and the larger Concert and Meditation Monochord. While these instruments are completely intuitive and require no prior musical knowledge or ability to play, specific techniques are offered in this training that will deeply improve your ability to play the instruments with beauty, ease, and a variety of colors, as well as to evoke the elements of nature and to hold a deeply meditative space when playing for others. All of these techniques can be used for sound massage, group meditation sessions, to accompany singing and voice work, or to enhance any kind of hands-on healing work from acupuncture to massage therapy.

    *You can get 18 CMTE credits if you submit the training curriculum ask your trainer for more information.

    Learn how to play a Monochord Training    
       
    This is an ongoing training offered 2-4 times a year in different states. (So far we have held trainings in New York, Miami, Denver, New Mexico, Oregon, Northen and Southern California.) 

    Online Personal Training and Coaching Sessions 

    If you cannot attend an in-person training we also offer online trainings with Joule L'Adara, MFA who is a certified feeltone monochord trainer, professional sound healing facilitor and the founder of Sounding Circles. LLC. Joule teaches a one-day virtual retreat and also offers one-on-one lessons for the monochord. 

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  • How to use  a Monolina & Monolini Body Therapy Monochords for Sound Massage
    June 16, 2018

    How to use a Monolina & Monolini Body Therapy Monochords for Sound Massage

    This photo series shows you examples of how to place the "body monochords" - including the Monolini and the Monolina - onto the physical body for a sound massage session.

    Because the feeltone Monochords have a convex shape, the instrument is like a boat that floats atop any size or shape body. Placing the monochord on the torso will allow the body to feel the vibrations most intensively. With the body in a supine position, the monochord can be placed horizontally or vertically across the body. We recommend a continuous playing style of strumming with a very light touch. As the sound is felt through the resonance of the wood, playing too robustly can be very invigorating! A gentle way of playing is recommended for most therapeutic applications, to entrain the breath and heart to a rate of calm and ease. 

    The instruments can also be placed on the lower body, where the sensations are felt up and down the legs and into the pelvis and hips. 

    Click to read and see more... 

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  • The Monochord Singing Chair: Resonance in Music Therapy, by: Joanne Loewy  DA, LCAT, MT-BC,  Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine
    August 11, 2017

    The Monochord Singing Chair: Resonance in Music Therapy, by: Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC, Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine

    The Vibrational Singing Chair (now called the MonChair), from feeltone, has served as an important instrument to the patients we serve at The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in our Music Therapy program.

    I've appreciated that I have the ability to tune the strings and have used consonant intervals which have been made profound in octaves, fourths and fifths. Most often, I have tuned the chair strings in octaves.

    Monchair - Vibrational Chair

    How do we use the Monochord Chair in our Music Therapy program?

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