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Monochord FAQ

Monochords and monochord furniture

Who is the monochord for?
  • anyone who wants to relax  
  • sound and music therapists, sound bath and sound meditation practitioners 
  • composers and intuitive musical artists

Important things you need to know before you purchase: 

  • the monochords are stringed instruments which constantly need to be tuned  
  • they're not the best instruments for you if you want to keep long fingernails

for more tips watch the first video on this page

Which monochord tuning should I pick?

Selecting a tuning for a monochord can be a personalized process based on your preferences, musical and/or sound healing goals, and the specific context in which you'll be using the instrument. However, to assist you in making an informed decision, you can utilize the resources (including sound samples) available on the website

Should I get a Monolina or Monolini and what is the difference?

Both of these models are popular portable monochords made by the feeltone Company for sound therapy, music therapy, sound meditation, sound baths and sound massage. What distinguishes the Monolini and Monolina are differences in:

  • Size 
  • Weight 
  • Number of Strings 
  • Bridge Melody Accent Notes

Watch the second video on this page to learn more

Could you tell me about the design of the monochord table?

In our monochord table or Piano, the production of sound is intricately linked to the resonance of the base plate. Our monochord table boasts two resonance plates: a concave top surface and an arched bottom surface. This design choice facilitates optimal sound expression as one surface faces the floor while the other faces the ceiling, allowing for maximum acoustic resonance. Moreover, the deliberate gap between the monochord frame and strings serves a dual purpose. Not only does it function as an all-around soundhole, but it also prevents damping of sound when a person lies on the table. This structural feature ensures consistent sound quality regardless of the weight distribution on the table. Internally, our monochord table features a sophisticated arrangement of sound chambers and structural elements. This intricate design enables the table to stand freely at a comfortable height for both seated and standing positions, without affecting the pitch or quality of sound produced. Maintaining an open sound chamber throughout the table ensures optimal resonance and amplification of sound. We have meticulously selected 60 strings for our monochord table, with overtone strings positioned in the middle and bass strings flanking each side. This configuration enables versatile playing techniques, allowing users to produce both overtone and bass notes effortlessly. The spacing of the strings has been carefully calibrated to promote resonance and ease of play. Adequate string spacing ensures an even distribution of sound and facilitates smooth string excitation, resulting in a rich and harmonious sound carpet. To support users in harnessing the full potential of our monochord table, we offer a complimentary 30-minute online training session upon purchase. This training session aims to familiarize users with the instrument and provide ongoing support for any inquiries or assistance needed along their musical journey.

Playing the monochord

My fingers are getting blisters when playing the monochord. How can I protect my fingers?

When playing the monochord, utilizing all your fingers and both hands can unveil a rich palette of tonal qualities and protect your fingers. A common belief is that pressing the strings with more force produces a louder sound, but this isn't the case. The key to amplifying your sound lies in the consistency and speed at which you engage the strings, not in the pressure applied.

We offer specialized training sessions for those eager to deepen their understanding and master intuitive playing techniques and more. Please visit

Monochord tuning and maintenance

How to replace a string in a monochord?

You can find instructions how to change a monochord string in here You can order individual monochord strings

How many strings come in each package?

Monochord strings can be purchased individually this text to provide answers for your most commonly asked questions.

Can I buy new strings to my feeltone monochord?

Yes, you can order monochord strings in here

Can I retune the monochord? Can the monochord be tuned to 432Hz or 440 Hz?

Like many string instruments, monochords can drift out of tune relatively easily. However, retuning your monochord is straightforward. When you purchase a monochord, it comes equipped with a tuning tool and a tuner to assist you. Alternatively, various smartphone tuner apps can serve the same purpose effectively. The tuning range for a monochord is quite flexible, allowing adjustments up or down by 3/4 of a note, and you can choose between tuning standards like 432 Hz or 440 Hz based on your preference. To help you get started, a tutorial video demonstrates the tuning process in detail. You can watch this helpful video on YouTube to see precisely how tuning is accomplished: Watch the Tuning Video.

Monochord accessories

Can I purchase a carrying case for Kotamo?

For optimal protection of your concert monochord or any larger monochord model, we suggest investing in a Gator case designed for an 88-key keyboard, as these cases are compatible with our instruments. You can easily purchase these cases online from music retailers such as Sweetwater. Here is an example

It's also crucial to remove the koto bridges if you're planning to transport your monochord for extended periods. The pointed nature of these bridges means that continuous pressure can weaken and potentially snap the strings resting on them during tuning. Removing the bridges minimizes this risk, ensuring your monochord remains in perfect condition for your performances or practice sessions.