Shamisen instrument

The classical instrument Shamisen is a Japanese 3-string musical instrument derived from the Chinese Sanxian instrument of the thirteenth century Yuan dynasty, it came to Japan through the Okinawa islands, and thus the Sanshin was born which would later evolve into the Shamisen In the rest of Japan. It is constructed of wood, goat leather, 3 strings and we have adapted a microphone. The strings are played with plectrum of wood (at the moment exist of several materials) which gives a very particular and recognizable sound in the traditional Japanese music.

At the outset this ancient three-stringed musical instrument was only within reach of the Ryukyuan nobility, the sanshin (the ancestor of the Shamisen) gradually transformed itself until it was finally within reach of the common people around the 19th century. Usually in the films of Samurais one usually hears the melodies of the Shamisen. Formerly the Shamisen was used principally accompanying plays as the kabuki, bunraku, also could be considered that would replace replacing the biwa due to the interpretative advantages that the Shamisen offered. It can be seen accompanied by the flute shakuhachi and a koto (Japanese zither) this trio is called SanKyoku.

How it looks:

The Shamisen is a musical instrument of pulsed string of the type Laud, like the banjo or the ukuelele, to give a few examples; also it seems a guitar in its form as in the technique used to play. Both Sanxian and Sanshin and Shamisen have very similar characteristics, the Shamisen as a lute that is, has a peg, a body or a box and a particularly thin neck or neck because it has only three strings.

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Its predecessor the sanxián like the sanshin of Ryukyu was a construction with leather of snake of India, later for the Shamisen other types of leathers were used like the skin of cat or dog and at the moment one uses goat leather or some synthetic material, we have built it with goat leather and we fit a microphone inside. The strings are suspended in the said leather cap through a small wooden bridge.

The three nylon strings, cedar or tetron supported from the base of the instrument box with a typical knot and typical Jampones knot. Having the same length from the base to the peg and having each string it’s tuning; Their diameters are different, the most serious rope at the top and the finest and sharpest rope at the bottom

Another characteristic of the Shamisen is that it does not have frets so it is an uncured instrument. The coarse string gives the tonic of the instrument; the second string is tuned to a 4th or 5th of the tonic and the sharpest string in the 7th minor or octave of the tonic. So we can find different tunings like for example (from severe to acute) A, D, A the other variant is A, E, A, another possibility A, D, G. For other Shamisen it can be C, G, C or also C, F, C and C, G, Bb.

How to play:

To play it is used a plectrum or pick, concretely it is called “Bachi” and it looks like the handle of a spatula. This technique is one of the main differences between the Shamisen and the Sanxian, since this one was touched with a species of stick, whereas the Shamisen inherited the technique used in the Biwa, Japanese instrument also of pulsed but older rope. The strumming technique has variants, if you hit with the bachi down you will also hit the body, however strumming upwards is a softer sound.

Didgeridoo for health

As history would have it, the didgeridoo is perceived as the world’s oldest wind instrument. It is estimated to date back thousands of years ago, as it originated as a musical instrument from the North Australian Aborigine.

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.

Playing instruments can be entertaining. In addition, playing instruments can also help them spend quality time with friends and relatives. But, there are some instruments that can provide you with more benefits like didgeridoo. Didgeridoo is an instrument is an aboriginal wind instrument in the Land Down Under.

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 one making the 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 that it can already 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 quite 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. This can be achieved since didgeridoo sound is commonly found to be soothing to the Nervous System. Apart from the sound, some experts also claim the vibration of the didgeridoo can also help soothe 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.

Gongs For Sound Healing

Masters such as Don Contreaux point out that this ancient instrument helps to remove anger and negative feelings by cultivating the feeling of compassion, especially towards you. The tension created in the body by anger is released and as you know, the result is better health.

There are plenty of instruments for sound therapy but one of the best and often overlooked instruments is the gong. Steeped in history, the gong is used for ceremonies, initiations, celebrations and for healing.

There is no wrong way to play a gong and its nature allows you to play it as many different instruments. Playing on the edge of the gong will create a different sound than playing in the middle. You can also create unique effects by using different types of mallets.

Different Types Of Gongs:

Gongs come in many different sizes. The larger ones have a deeper or lower the tone. Paiste makes several different types of gongs, the most popular being the Symphonic and the Planet. The main difference is that Planet Gong is more precisely tuned (to the planets) whereas the Symphonic Gong has stronger overtones.

How It Gong Looks Like:

Let’s first look at the gong itself. Typically, a gong is looking like a hammered round metal disk. It’s surface is usually flat and slightly rounded at the edge of gong. The surface of the gong has 3 areas and each area produces a different sound when played. The gong is played with a mallet and struck at various percussion points with a variety of rhythms to create specific effects.

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Sound of The Gong:

One of the most imortant features of the gong is the sound it produces. Playing the gong is an art because the gong is not like playing a drum or any other musical instrument. The gong is a vibration. It is like playing hundreds of notes at the same time. As the gong is played it produces a note against a background of other notes. Each noteof the gong interacts with the next note and  then they change each other. When you listen to the gong you feel this creates a complex pattern of sounds.

Gong Yoga

“The gong is a sacred threshold. It is the portal where that links of the gong are finite and the infinite experience of the Self. Now days the gong is the most sublime instrument of the yogi.”

Many yoga instructors will use the gong with the yogic practices of asana, pranayama, mantras and meditation to work with kundalini energy. A few years ago Mehtab Benton published his book, Gong Yoga: Healing and Enlightenment through Sound where he tells how the gong is used effectively in Kundalini Yoga and Nada Yoga.

The gong is a terrific instrument for sound healing. Contrary to what some believe, it does not take a lot of room. Small footprint floor stands are available as are gong stands which hold 2 gongs, one above the other.

Bamboo Flute For Healing

The bamboo flute is musical instrument it is one of the oldest and simplest musical instruments in all over the world.  Bamboo flutes are made with care and quality to fit every musical need. Bamboo flutes were man’s first invented wind as a instrument.

How it looks:

A bamboo flute is conventionally made from a single hollow shank with six or seven finger holes. Some modern designs come in tusk, fiberglass and various metals. The six hole instrument covers two and a half religious festival of music. It is typically between 30 centimeters (12 in) and 75 centimeters (30 in) in length, and the thickness of a human thumb. One end is closed, and it is few centimeters from the closed end is bamboo blow hole. Bamboo blow feature is deeper tones and its lower pitches. The musician creates the notes he wants by tapping the various finger holes it has the traditional design features and no mechanical keys.

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Sound:

Playing side blown bamboo flute is basically the same technique used in sounding a tone on the end of a glass soda bottle.  The stream of air entering the mouth then the hole vibrates within the bamboo flute producing a tone of music.

The Sound on a bamboo flute instrument comes from a vibrating column of air inside the instrument. In a three ways as air is blown across the top of an instrument and the player makes this column of air vibrate.

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BAMBOO FLUTES Cultural events:

Most cultures of the world have some type of bamboo flute (which simply means a flute blown across, a side-blown flute.).Many cultures use bamboo flutes as their primary wind instrument because bamboo flute grows in most tropical and temperate climates of all over the world.  Their ease of use and playability make them a natural choice for everyone to enter the musical arena. While the richness of tone and great flexibility of bamboo flute make them an excellent selection for the experienced musician as well (see professional quality flutes below.)  The tone pitch of these musical instruments are A440 these instruments are well-tuned to major keys .They are fully chromatic (play all sharps and flats), with a minimum 1-2 octave range. They have an individually colored burnt-tone, and also come with warranty, instructions about usage, and songbook. Flute bags are provided for the best care and preservation of your instruments from damage.

There are several types of bamboo flutes made all over the world, such as the dizi, xiao, shakuhachi, palendag and jinghu. Bamboo flute is a very popular and highly respected musical instrument, available even to the poorest and the choice of many highly venerated maestros of classical music. It is known and revered above all as the divine but flute forever associated with Lord Krishna, who is always draw holding a bansuri in by carving stone or wood or by casting metal or plaster and paintings. Bamboo is also used   in Polynesia for traditional hula as a musical instrument. Four of the instruments are Nose flute, rattle, stamping pipes and the jaw harp. Bamboo used instead of the more traditional eucalyptus wood in the construction of the Australian didgeridoo.

bamboo has been used for making various kinds of musical instruments In Indonesia and the Philippines, instruments including the kolintang, angklung and bumbong.

Bamboo is also used to make slit drums. Bamboo musical instruments are used in traditional Philippine banda kawayan and, as well as bamboo versions of western instruments, these are musical instruments are clarinets, saxophones, and tubas. The modern amplified string instrument, are also constructed using bamboo like Chapman stick.   Bamboo, are connected with a small, hollowed-out hardwood reservoir into which air is blown, in a return creating a sound similar to that of the violin.

Bamboo has also recently been used for the manufacture of  musical instruments like guitars and ukuleles.