A great Master can produce beautiful music on any instrument. However, some instruments possess a sound so powerful that the instrument becomes, for a moment, the master. The Crystal Xylophone or Crystal Harp is such an instrument. The sound produced by lightly striking the high quality quartz tube produces a resonance that integrates the chakras, cleanses the emotional field and opens the heart. According to the Yoga of sound, the energy centers or chakras of the body correspond to the seven notes of the major scale. High quality quartz instruments such as the crystal harp harmonize and balance those centers helping to achieve a deeper state of relaxation or meditation.
Is there anything more magical than a fluttering chorus of wind-chimes? Koshi chimes are healing wind chimes made of bamboo tubing and eight metal notes. These chimes are handcrafted in the Pyrenees region and are used in sound healing, meditation, Feng Shui and more, and are often seen hanging around temples and in other healing and spiritual spaces. They are used to increase the flow of positive energy and are crafted in four different tunings to reflect the four elements- air, fire, water and earth.
The Kalimba (also known as the Mbira or the 'thumb piano') is a traditional African instrument belonging to the lamellophone family. Lamellophones ('lamella'- Latin for 'plate', 'phone'- Greek for 'sound') consist of a wooden board and metal tines, which are played by hand. There are over a hundred types or lamellophones, each with their own tuning, note layout and name, which vary across the African cultures. The oldest Kalimbas date back as far as 3000 years and are believed to have been invented as a portable xylophone for early Africans. These beautiful instruments are played in different ways across the African cultures. One of the most notable Kalimba traditions belongs to the Shona people of Zimbabwe, who believe that God gave them the Kalimba (referred to as the 'Mbira' by the Shona people) to connect with their ancestors. It is said that the sound attracts the spirits of the deceased, and so the instrument is played in ceremony to reconnect with ancestors and loved ones.
The Rav Hand Drum
The RAV Drum has a meditative, hypnotic and tranquil sound. The instrument is a tongue pan and is played with the fingers and hands.
Although it has percussive elements, it offers a wide array of possibilities of chords and harmonics with deep moody melodies.
Also known as an idiophone. An idiophone is any musical instrument that creates
sound primarily by the instrument as a whole vibrating—without the use of strings
or membranes. They are similar to, but are not handpans. The instrument is played
with the fingers or with mallets...The tone is bell-like.
Traditional Native Rattles are one of the oldest known instruments in the world. They
were the perfect accompaniment to Native American ceremonies. The rhythm the rattle helps keep during the dance is unforgettable – something
that resonates to the very soul, helping make the ceremony a spiritual experience. The
rattle is an instrument of independence. It is a
piece that utilizes what the Native Americans
refer to as the three kingdoms or nations. The
animal kingdom is represented by the container
or feather decorations used on the rattle. The
mineral kingdom is represented by rocks used
for sound or the paint used for decoration. The
plant kingdom is represented by the container (if
a gord is used) or the wooden handle of the
rattle. The Native Americans realize that
spiritual energy can be derived from the trance
like state that can be induced by music.
Crystal Singing Bowls
Crystal singing bowls are made from silica sand that is pure quartz in nature. Some bowls are clear. Some are frosted. Bowls can be created that will play to a certain frequency. Quartz crystal as a holographic light template is able to hold, transmit, and receive thought forms and is fundamental to the memory & mother boards of all computers. A wooden stick that is covered at the end with suede accompanies Crystal bowls; the suede end touches the bowl. The stick is moved around the crystal bowl in a circular fashion to produce different tones. As you move the stick around the perimeter of the bowl it creates a harmonic tone that becomes stronger as you go around each time. The bowl quickly appears to be singing. Crystal bowls
are used for healing and energy.
The Queen of the overtone flutes with a length of up to 2 metres, played in a standing position. They have their origins in the three-hole bass flutes of the middle ages and have evolved further in the herdsman's traditions of Slovakia.
They have a wide range of tones from deep bass to high overtones. The groups of interacting overtones calm and fascinate the listener.
In Slovakia the young Fujara players are sent out into the meadows to learn and listen, "to harken what nature tells them and hear what the Fujara says to them." Through over-blowing using varying amounts of force the scale can be discovered by simple intuition. The scale of the naturally occurring tones and the multi-facetted
sounds that encourages improvisation. The shepherds used the flute as a way to
pray while alone in nature.
The harmonium is an instrument that is indispensable in India and that is used in
the religious field, in classical music, in folklore and for playing within the family. It
owes its popularity mainly to its easy handling. The harmonium can be compared in
its functioning to the accordion. Air is pumped into an enclosed space by means of
bellows. With a keyboard it is possible to open specially defined holes, through
which the pumped air is then pressed. The reeds attached to the openings (double,
triple or quadruple reeds) are set vibrating and so produce the desired note.
Originating from India, the shruit box is a simple hand-operated wooden instrument
that generates a rich drone background that supports singing and musical
exploration. It traditionally works on a system of bellows similar to a harmonium.
Because it is hand-pumped, it can produce a slightly pulsating constant chord to
support rhythm. It's a chromatic instrument with an octave of 13 notes tuned to the
western classical instrument standards. The use of the shruti box has widened with
the cross-cultural influences of new age and world music.
The Native American Flute is reported to be the third oldest instrument known in
the musical world, with bone flutes dating back 60,000 years. Drums were first
discovered followed by various types of rattle, then flutes. Traditionally the flute
was used to call the spirit, other uses were four courtship. The beautiful sounds
from the flute are unmistakable.
The Bodhrán is the drum used in traditional Irish music, its origins date back to the
early 1800’s. It is a frame drum made of goat skin and played with a simple beater,
the sound is produced by flicking the wrist across the skin of the drum.
Native Hand Drum
Native Hand Drums
The drum is an important instrument native people, giving both rhythm and meaning to life. It
provides the beat for dancers to proudly offer their thanks and praise to the Creator during
ceremonies. It is a way of carrying
songs and prayers to the Creator and
healing the sick. The tradition of the
drum is important today and is a way
of bringing Tribal People together.
The hand drum is usually
accompanies only one singer, but
several people can play their hand
drums together to create rhythms for
a round dance, or a courting song.
The drum is a deep and sacred part
of Native American culture. The beat
of the drum is in harmony with the
heartbeat of mother earth. It is the healing rhythm that we hear when singing, dancing, or
walking through the world. The round form of the drum represents the circle of life and the
whole universe. In gatherings of celebration, it creates a sense of social and spiritual harmony.
The Indian Nations continue to express their deep spiritual awareness through ceremonial dances
accompanied by the Traditional songs and the beat of the drum.
The didgeridoo (didjeridu or yidaki) is an Australian Aboriginal wind instrument endemic to the northern parts of Australia, the Arnhem Land. It is made from hollowed out logs and through breath and the vibration of the lips a drone is created.
The didgeridoo is a very unique instrument specific to the breathing technique that is needed in order to play it. Circular Breathing is the name of this technique, and although it sounds impossible, this requires the musician to breathe out through the mouth and in through the nose simultaneously. This unique style of breathing attracts many to the didge either for the challenge to learn and master this skill or to
experience the incredible serenity and peace that accompanies this breathing pattern. This breathing has very positive effect on the individual playing the didge as it induces alpha brain wave patterns that are associated with deep meditation and excellent sleep. Those affected by sleep apnea are now exploring playing the didge as these brain waves that are created help to correct individuals’ irregular sleep patterns.
Aside from the breathing techniques, didgeridoo players use a variety of different rhythms, drones and use of voice, to create very unique sounds. While listening to the didge you may pick up on the sound of kangaroo bounding through the outback or a kookaburra cackling in a gum tree or perhaps a dingo
The djembe (pronounced JEM-bay) is one of the most versatile and widespread percussion
instruments on the planet. Its huge popularity is down to the fact that it can create an unusually wide range of pitches, namely the bass (low), tone (medium) and slap (high). These sounds are created by striking different areas of the djembe skin with the hands.
The djembe has been an integral part of spiritual and ritualistic life in West Africa for many
generations. It was traditionally only played by griots, well respected high-class court musicians,
who used it for story-telling: passing on important historical, religious and cultural information
to future generations. Griots were, and still are, respected as not just incredible musicians, but
men of great knowledge, possessing centuries of wisdom passed down to them through their
The soul of the djembe is one that brings us back to our roots. Its beats remind us of the vision
of our heats and inspires unity with all through its beautiful rhythms and sounds. With the vibes
of the djembe resonating in your body, you will be hard pressed to not feel connected to your
The Jew's/Jaw harp
The Jew's harp, also known as the jaw harp, or mouth harp, is a lamellophone
instrument, consisting of a flexible metal or bamboo tongue or reed attached to a
frame. The tongue/reed is placed in the performer's mouth and plucked with the
finger to produce a note. Each instrument produces one pitch only, with its multiples (overtones), though different sized instruments provide different pitches.
There is no standard pitch. You have most likely heard this instrument before in such cartoons and Winnie the pooh and the noise when tiger bops about or in Snoopy cartoons. This instrument is native to Asia and used in all tribes of Turkic
peoples in Asia.
The Chakapa is a Quecua word for a shaker or rattle constructed of bundled leaves.
Bushes of the genus Pariana provide the leaves for the chakapa. Chakapa is also the common name for these bushes. Curanderos (healers) and other shaman of the Shipibo-Conibo people in the Peruvian Amazon use the chakapa in healing
ceremonies. In an ayahuasca ceremony, for example, a curandero may shake the chakapa around the patient while singing an icaro (healing song). The sound of the chakapa is said to comfort patients in an ayahuasca ceremony and "cleans" the energy surrounding the patient. Shaman have a large variety of chakapa movements that create different sounds and energy waves; these movements match the
coinciding icaro and healing that is being done at the time. The chakapa is also an important cleansing tool used during venteadas and arcanas. In the Amazon, once the shaman catches the bad spirits in a chakapa, it is then blown out of the leaves into the forest. The spirits are distributed and taken in by all nature such as trees and plants. A Chakapa is made by tying together the leaves from the bush in a fashion that forms a fan shaped instrument.