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Musicial Vibrations and Chakras

Started by Donna Malus. Last reply by Jeremy Main May 29, 2014. 32 Replies

Just thought I'd add the charts I have for the Chakras and the notes here. It might be easier to find.There is a lot more to both the chakras and musical healing, but this is a nice little…Continue

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Tuning Psaltery to different Hertz Frequencies

Started by Philippa Anne Reed. Last reply by Philippa Anne Reed Feb 3, 2014. 2 Replies

Has anyone been experimenting with this? I have de-tuned one of my psalteries to as near to 432 Hz as I can get (my digital tuner only goes down to 433). 432 Hz has been written about in several…Continue

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Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on October 22, 2012 at 10:36am

Hi everyone, sorry have been very busy of late (recording!) and haven't been able to check the site much but good to know there is this group, as it is such a fascinating subject / arena and will be catching up on all your posts as soon as I get a chance!! I am very interested (as some of you know) of working with the BP in a healing capacity - I have seen first hand how it touches people at a very deep level. I have had people saying they have felt their heart open when hearing it, and how they see auras /chakra colours / angels and other sixth sensory interpretations. I am open to whatever comes to them as they hear me play, and if, they enjoy, take solace and are moved by the music, I feel extremely privileged to have been a 'channel' (I say this very humbly). Mainly the responses I've had have been that people feel 'transported', like time stops....I think it is similar to a meditative state, which actually, I do get into myself when I play! Having played with sound healer Tim Wheater last year at his Haslemere gigs, alongside other musicians working in healing sounds, I delved further into the world of beneficial frequencies and hertz (which is of course ancient knowledge). It's a truly fascinating element of music and playing with / being around such an eminent sound healer was an incredible experience for me! I think it also helped open up my own playing / consciousness. Well, I'd better sign off for now, but hope to chat some more soon 

Comment by Dave Holeton on October 22, 2012 at 10:28am

I would like to comment on Donna's comment from October 15 about playing in front of people.  This weekend I learned (or regained what I should have already known) that the reason "why" I play a song can help me play it correctly.  Before I played a song this weekend for many other musicians I started to introduce the song with a few comments that helped me remember why I learned the song (for family members that left before their time).  Other than maybe a squeak here or there, I played it correctly (I got all the notes and I think my timing was about right). 

The previous two songs I played for the same group both had errors.  For some reason, I developed a nervous shake here or there and my breathing wasn't good.  I don't think I got close enough to my reason "why" for those songs or maybe my reason was superficial like some of the examples of modern performance cited in this forum.


When I'm playing at the nursing home, my reason "why" is to hopefully play/sing something the residents will recognize.  Maybe they will sing along.  I don't feel like I'm performing, I feel like I am just getting the song going.  If they don't react or participate in any way, it's worse than playing in an empty room.




Comment by Donna Malus on October 18, 2012 at 8:29pm

Bohemian that was quite a piece of work, loved and still love it.

Sometimes I feel like an implosion is the only way to fix our government too

I became interested in choral singing after seeing the movie Lawless. There is a church scene where the congregation is harmonizing in a haunting way, I was fascinated.

Yes, X-Factor and this one and that one's got talent. It has totally altered how stars are made and what music hits the charts....I like it better when garage bands worked hard and got popular and went from those 4 guys you might remember, uh, I think they were called the Beatles 


Comment by Donna Malus on October 15, 2012 at 7:46pm

Yes Cindi, the bowed psaltery lends it self to expression VERY well....I love it

Comment by Cindi Zechman on October 15, 2012 at 7:17pm

Well said, Donna...I remember the days when my brothers & family would get together & randomly make music but eventually one went more into bluegrass, the other stuck with old time and eventually we all stopped playing together.  I started playing dulcimer this past year with much the same aim as you with your flute....I play by ear (reasoning that probably most dulcimer players in the hollers of Va. & Ky. learned that way and all the music theory, tab, reading music, etc. is a little overwhelming for my tired old brain...I just want to make music (not perform)  When I heard the beautiful expression the bowed psaltery makes, I was sold....I want one, not to perform but to enjoy and hopefully at some point to share with others

Comment by Donna Malus on October 15, 2012 at 6:46pm

I think the general population in the US has lost it's musical soul, and Jeremy seems to echo that for the UK. It's as if we feel we shouldn't express ourselves musically if we can't "perform" at a certain level, mainly a professional one. Long gone are the days the family would sit on the porch at night and make music together, enjoying the creative outlet and each other's company.

To make it worse, we aren't generally encouraged in traditional music instruction to express ourselves emotionally, at least not in my limited experience. To improvise frees you musically but as far back as I can remember in music school it's been all about the rules and having my knuckles smacked in piano lessons when I messed up my fingering. It's like the sisters metronomed the life out of my musical soul. 

Music has become another plastic wrapped product and not for the average person only for the "professional".

I am so uncomfortable playing alone in front of people because I can't allow myself to make mistakes or simply "stink". It's really awful and I am struggling to let go and just enjoy the music.

I sent for a Native American Flute in F# pentatonic scale and tuned at 432 MHZ. F# is thought by some to resonate with the heart energy center and 432 tuning is the topic of discussion here.

My goal with this flute will be music therapy for myself. Just sit and play the notes as they come, no music, no plan and lots of hope that doing so will help heal my own damaged musical soul.

Comment by Donna Malus on October 13, 2012 at 10:39am

Here are some links to information regarding 432 mhz well as chakra items. I've worked a bit with energy healing and I do believe there is something to this, but like everything else, people can get carried away or try to make it mysterious and then it often turns other people open minded!

There is a lot more out there, but this sampling will either get you excited about it or turn you off to it...again, an open mind is a beautiful thing and particularly necessary in music and healing...

Comment by Donna Malus on October 13, 2012 at 10:11am

See the latest video I posted. I have to look into that tuning a little more closely but I know that the bodies energy centers relate to certain notes...hmmm

Comment by Cindi Zechman on October 9, 2012 at 9:45am

I'm a volunteer with our local hospice....some patients like to have soft music playing so I think this would be perfect.......first I have to get a psaltery and then learn how to play, though.

Comment by Donna Malus on July 25, 2012 at 9:01pm

I'm not active in any musical healing activities, but I do hope to hope to one day teach kids with special needs how to play the bowed psaltery. That might qualify in some fashion.


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