San Francisco based Sound practitioner Lydia Hwang recently gave our Monochord Monday Meetup Zoom group a super treat by demonstrating how she layers the Monolina Monochords along with the Klangfarben Hanging Chimes. (Join our meetup group to access.) She also offered an Instagram Live Interview on @weplaywelltogether where she shared her story of how she came to work with sound after being diagnosed with autoimmune disease.Lydia alchemizes mediums of sound and color into a uniquely powerful healing practice called “Color Soul” intuitive readings. Apart from her private healing practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lydia leads color and sound workshops, is a guest sound healer at Ratna Ling retreat center offering life enhancing sound journeys for group retreats, and co-facilitates yoga and sound events. Musically, she is one of the founding members of Savasana Sound, performing group concerts, sound journeys, and recorded albums (soon to be released).Wolfgang Deinert, created Klangfarben in 1989, in Germany and has been handcrafting his precision Bell chimes and tubular gongs ever since. These instruments open up a new level of working with sound, the instruments are made with high quality brass..The precision tuning of a set is done on the same day so the chime sets stay in tune together. Metal is a material that changes with temperature so the tuning aspect is very important, then the gong chimes are finished by hand polishing.
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".
(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
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:
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!
- 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"
Sounding the Equinox
A Free Online Live Sound
with Joule L'Adara
Wednesday, September 22nd3pm Hawaii, 5pm Pacific, 6pm Mountain, 7pm Central, 8pm Eastern Time
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 SundayA Free Weekly Virtual Vocal Gathering(You don't even need instruments for this!...)
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...
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.
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