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Know your sources and materials

There are wonderful instruments in the world from which to choose to use in your sound practice, so it's important that you not only know the origin of the instrument, the cultural heritage, the history, legacy, and playing technique, you must also be aware of cultural appropriation, respect of culture and understanding of applications of certain instruments. Likewise, we have so much at our disposal these days so it's important to know where you buy your instruments. Are they ethical, reputable distributors? Just because it's on Amazon and cheap, doesn't mean it's a good idea to buy them. Know your sources. 

The instruments I use are  resonant drone-based instruments.

Below is a list of some of the instruments I use in meditations and in individual sessions as well. 

Crystal Singing Bowls

These 99% Quartz Crystal bowls  used in sound bath meditations find their potency in the intervalic relationships between tones as well as the continual drone in playing which focuses the mind, allows the body to relax, and move energy in the biofield. Recommended distributors are Crystal Tones and Best Bowls from The Wisdom Light. They are mined in the US.

Sruti Boxes

 

Sruti Boxes come from India 

and are pronounced (Shru-ti). 

They are musical 

drone instruments often used in vocal and instrumental accompaniment. I have several sruti boxes from Ron Kravits of Music in the Moment or from Keshav Music in upstate, NY. 

FeelTone Instruments

  • Monolinas

  • Monchair

  • Sansulas

  • HandPans

 

Monolinas are

overtone drone stringed instruments with the deeper bass strings and perfect 5th strings on the bottom. The way the Monolina is played can bring forth rich overtones and the instruments can be placed on the body, both front and back to be able to feel the sound. Monolinas come from the FeelTone company based in Germany. Contact me for distribution information. 

The Monchair is similar to the Monolina but it is an instrument you sit in. The strings vibrate on the root and second and transfers vibration throughout the body. 

Sansulas are a type of mbira or kalimba (also known as a thumb piano) in which the actual instrument is imbedded into a synthetic resonator.

Tuning Forks

I use BioSonic Tuning Forks with my clients and in sound baths. Tuning forks can be used to work with the neuroendocrine system, in working with bi-lateral stimulation for trauma work, and on the body for relief of pain or to unblock patterns using vibration. 

Himalayan Metal Singing Bowls 

These bowls are also known as standing or resting bells. 

They are often played gently or with some more intense striking and may also be played by rubbing a mallet around the outside rim which allows the bowl to "sing" in a sustained tone which can elicit a relaxation or alpha brainwave response. The oncologist, Mitch Gaynor who tragically passed a couple of years ago, wrote two seminal books about his clinical practice using Tibetan singing bowls with some of his patients to help the healing process before, during and following treatment.

If you are interested, read "Sounds of Healing: A Physician Reveals the Therapeutic Power of Sound, Voice, and Music" 

 The metal bowls I use are from different distributors. There are many good, reputable sellers out there but be careful as there are some people who are capitalizing on the sound bath trend who will sell anyone anything! Email me for referrals.

RAV Drums

RAV Vast hand pan drums are resonant drone and melodic instruments in various keys and modes.