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  • What's the difference between the Metal Sound Evolution and Nitro Spacedrum?
    August 4, 2020

    What's the difference between the Metal Sound Evolution and Nitro Spacedrum?

    The SPACEDRUM EVOLUTION® is a Stainless steel handpan made handcrafted by Metal Sounds in the South of France 

    The stainless steel alloy combined with Metal Sounds' method of manufacture makes the Spacedrum Evolution® a truly unique handpan. Using 1.2 mm stainless steel sheets for the top shell, the note shaping is specific to this instrument's line and the shells are welded together. This combination of elements gives the Spacedrum Evolution® its unique acoustic character.

    It's is a handpan with a powerful sound and very rich in harmonics, whose shaped curves provide excellent ergonomics of play and easy transport. Its main assets: it is very easy to play, the tuning is stable, its maintenance is limited with perfect protection against rust (stainless steel) and its design is resolutely modern. The Spacedrum Evolution® line comes in 3 sizes with diameters of 48 cm, 55 cm, and 60 cm. The number of notes ranging from 6 to 13 depending on the models.

    SPACEDRUM NITRO® – Nitrided handpan
    The latest creation of Metal Sounds, the Spacedrum Nitro® is a really versatile handpan! Here the construction method is based on oval notes and dimples (buttons) shapping and the shells are glued together. Most importantly, the steel sheets of 1.2 mm are treated for better resistance to shocks and corrosion (nitriding). The Spacedrum Nitro® combines all the qualities required of a high-end handpan with a good dynamic range and a balanced sustain. The crosstalk (resonance of the notes between them) is well controlled and the harmonics are easy to play. Also, the percussive sound produced by the player on the side of the handpan (Tak) is clear while the Ding note stays deep and rather short. Musicians will be able to appreciate the full extent of its possibilities and its unique sound...
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  • A Musician's Portrait: Brandon Blake
    August 4, 2020

    A Musician's Portrait: Brandon Blake

    Portrait:

    Brandon Blake, preschool teacher, head of the brain injury support group, writing artist, musician, volunteer for dogs in need and animal rights activist, was interviewed by the Hokema company in Germany about  his daily use of the Kalimba Sansula. Interviewed by: Annalena Horl

    Interview

    Which of the HOKEMA instruments would you call your favorite?

    The Sansula Renaissance because of its durable drum and robust sound. This allows me to use the percussive techniques that I incorporate during the playing. In addition, it's also strong enough to be played by very young children without having to worry about damage. It's the only one of my instruments that my 100 year old grandmother can play.

    Can you see the sansula as a serious tool?


    Absolutely. I don't need to think about that for a long time, beca
    use it is self-explanatory for everyone who hears the Sansula. I took them to Tennessee and introduced them to Victor Wooten's world-famous Bass Nature Camp Wooten Woots. I showed my various playing techniques including the idea with the magnets. People were thrilled - both by the sound and the way they played. Victor Wooten and his brothers (all world-famous music virtuosos and also absolutely great people) said that they had never seen a person play the way I did before. The way I use the Sansula, they called it 'groundbreaking'. Victor later came to Seattle for a concert series and invited me to join him and the drummer J.D. Blair to stand on the stage...

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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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  • 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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  • Koshi Chimes - there is a Kalimba to go with your Koshi Chimes!
    May 14, 2020

    Koshi Chimes - there is a Kalimba to go with your Koshi Chimes!

    Koshi Chimes- Representing the Four Elements with Musical Tones

    Koshi Chimes are crafted to provide soundscapes that enchant your heart and free your mind. They are available in 4 different tunings Fire - Earth - Air - Water. Hokema Kalimbas has now created tunings for the Hokema B9 Kalimbas to match.

    Koshi Chimes - 4 Elements Water-Fire-Earth-Air
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    For centuries, the enlivening and therapeutic properties of healing tones have been used in the Chinese tradition of Feng Shui. This tradition calls the abrasive background noises of life “noise pollution” (traffic, construction, negative noisy neighbors, etc.) and states that everyone needs their own soundscape for positive energy flow.

      In Feng Shui, the elements of earth, water, air, and fire have intrinsic properties like colors, shapes, and sounds. Koshi Chimes each embody these elements through their tone sequences, which mirror the properties of their respective elements. Whether played individually or together, the harmonic properties of Koshi chimes help to increase levels of chi (positive energy)...

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    • A Music Therapist's Portrait: Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC
      May 12, 2020

      A Music Therapist's Portrait: Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC

      Christine Stevens with the Hokema Sansula
      A Portrait: Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC
      An Interview with Annalena Horl 
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      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.
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      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.
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      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.
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      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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    • 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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