Mbira

The mbira is an instrument from the African continent it is played with the thumbs and one finger. The keys mbira is made of gwariva hardwood soundboard that is attached with 22 to 28 metal, usually placed inside a large gourd to amplify the sound. , Mbira played in religious ceremonies and social gatherings as a musical instrument.

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Sound  Description Of Mbira:

Either on a lower portion of the Mbira placed on metal beads strung on a wire, or bottle tops or shells mounted on a metal plate and the soundboard of mbira to add a buzz which varies from a soft hiss to a tambourine-like sound. on mbira Bottle tops or shells are also mounted on the deze to increase the buzz. The buzz is considered an important part of the mbira sound, it is required to clear the mind of thoughts, tensions, and worries so that the mbira music can fill the consciousness of the performers and listeners. The tones of the mbira keys clear through the buzz adds depth and context, and it may be heard as whispering voices, singing, tapping, knocking, wind or rain.

Musical therapy of Mbira:

The mbira is a musical instrument the Shona people of Zimbabwe created and performed it as a musical instrument. To heal physical and mental illness, depression and tension Mbira music have been used by the Shona people of Zimbabwe for that purpose. For the Shona, healing results from both the mbira’s sound music therapy and its power to summon ancestor spirits who influence the health of the living. Whenever you listen to mbira, you are a spirit in a result your thoughts and worries are gone and your body can heal through that spiritual music.

The sound of mbira will defiantly affect you with or without your belief in its healing power because of its miracle healing power. There is no music that you found as sacred and touching as mbira. Mbira music is having the form of a circle. The fundamental melodic and rhythmic lines of a mbira song repeat themselves in spiraling cycles, drawing musician and listener into a state of meditation. In this musical therapy, mind, and body find balance and natural vitality asserts itself.

In the age of 16 in 1974  Erica Azim is a Californian who fell in love with traditional Shona mbira music when she first heard it. Erica became traditional mbira masters one of the first people from outside Zimbabwe. At that time, Zimbabwe was racist Rhodesia in the throes of liberation war. Touched by the arrival of a young white woman who respected ancient Shona tradition a stark contrast with the white government that reviled it – musicians extended a warm welcome. Erica is now known in Zimbabwe as a skilled performer qualified to play at traditional ceremonies and accepted by the ancient spirits of the Shona. Erica’s workshops and performances have introduced international audiences to the traditional Shona music of Zimbabwe

Mbira and Healing:

Mbira music has been used to heal physical and mental illness for more than a millennium. Healing results from both the mbira’s sound and its power the spirits who influence the health of the living.

Whenever you listen to mbira, you are a spirit. Your thoughts and worries, tensions are gone and your body can heal. The sound of mbira will positively affect you with or without your belief in mbira healing power.

Didgeridoo Instrument

The didgeridoo is perceived as the world’s oldest wind instrument. It originated as a musical instrument from the North Australian Aborigine dated thousands of years back.

This wind instrument is played traditionally together with clap sticks or clapping two boomerangs together in various ceremonial dances. People who play the didgeridoo can tap out the rhythms on the side of it with the aid of their sticks or fingers.

Didgeriddo provides as a form of entertainment when people spend time with their friends and relatives. It’s often played for entertainment but hearing the sound of the didgeriddo has numerous health benefits.

How The Didgeridoo Is Made

Traditionally, a didgeridoo is made from Eucalyptus saplings or branches. Although eucalyptus has hundreds of species, only about a dozen can be used to make didgeridoo. It entails perfect timing to make the perfect didgeridoo instrument. The perfect wall thickness of the wind instrument is based on the hollowed eucalyptus tree and the person making the didgeriddo instrument has to make sure that the instrument is not too thin nor too thick. Termites naturally hollow out the eucalyptus tree. It takes them more or less one year to hollow a eucalyptus tree out – so the people making the didgeridoo has to be patient enough to wait for the right time for the wood to be harvested.

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With the use of this instrument, individuals can obtain numerous benefits. Below are some of the following.

Improve flow and balance of oxygen

One of the main benefits when you learn to play didgeridoo is you can improve flow and balance of oxygen in your body. Oxygen plays a huge role in the body. For one, oxygen is used to oxidize our food. During the process of cellular respiration, it releases energy, which is eventually stored in ATP in the electron transport chain in mitochondria and in glycolysis in the cytoplasm.

Good stationary workout

The next benefit of playing didgeridoo is it is a good stationary workout. There are cases when working out is impossible due to lack of space. And, the best option is to look for stationary workouts. For instance, when playing didgeridoo at 120 breaths a minute, sweating can be experienced.

Relaxes internal organs

Another benefit of playing didgeridoo is individuals can relax their internal organs. This is possible since the up and down diaphragm movement involved in circular breathing supports the quick intake or quick or pressurized dispelling of air. These deep and or fast movements of air feel like a sort of massage for the internal organ.

Soothing the nervous system

Playing didgeridoo can also sooth the nervous system.

Get rid mental and emotional stress

Playing didgeridoo is often found to offer more subtle mental and emotional relief from worries or issues unresolved since feelings can be expressed in a vocal way and yet be music to the ear.

Reduce sleeping disorders

Finally, when you learn to play such wind instrument, you can also reduce sleeping disorders. Health experts claim circular breathing used in playing didgeridoo strengthen the larynx and the muscles supporting breathing. Not to mention, it also supports the reduction or cessation of snoring.

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