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  • All About Hokema
    April 25, 2022

    All About Hokema

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    Learn all about these beautiful sound wonders crafted out the finest materials in a solar-powered family run factory in Germany, and how WE PLAY WELL TOGETHER has brought them to the American Market to the delight of music makers. We're now convening an interconnected international community around these distinctive instruments that anyone can pick up and play.

    Peter and Hugo Hokema

    Family-run craftsmanship and innovation

    Founder and owner Peter Hokema was already passionate about trying out different instruments while he was studying music. There he discovered the traditional African plucked instruments and was so fascinated that he wanted to make it known in Germany. He finally invented his own version with the Sansula in 2001.

    Hokema Sansaula BuildingIt has an oval wooden frame, which is covered with a drum skin and in the middle of which a small kalimba is hung freely swinging. The new model met with enthusiasm right from the start and has been incorporated into a variety of different music-making communities ever since that include: professional musicians, composers, sound artists, yoga practitioners, sound-healing facilitators, meditation teachers, music therapists, early-child educators, brain trauma survivors, wellness advocates and more!

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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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  • 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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  • Why you want (need!) a Hokema Kalimba
    February 5, 2019

    Why you want (need!) a Hokema Kalimba

    Hokema Kalimbas at the NAMM Show - VisionQuest Sound

    "If you can text you can play a Kalimba"

    We got to attend the 2019 NAMM Show and the VisionQuest Sound conducted this sweet interview with our friend musicians Brandon Blake which is all about Hokema Kalimbas and their signature instrument creation: the Sansula. 
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    Brandon Blake at NAMM 2019 for Hokema Kalimbas
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    To learn more about all the yummy products currently on offer, check out our latest product line videos giving you a lovely overview of all Hokema's Kalimbas from tiny to deluxe...
    Love the Sansula but the tunings on offer don't go with your instrument setup? No worries! Did you know that Hokema Kalimbas and Sansula can be tuned to pretty much ANY tuning? We offer a "tuning tool" that helps you hammer the tines to change any of the pitches. Listen through to this ecclectic collection of different ways folks have retuned the Sansula... 
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