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      Monochord with Gig Bag

      $699.00

       



      Monochord

      The Musicmakers Monochord is endlessly captivating. Just start strumming and immediately create a hypnotic atmosphere. It's hard to stop!

      The monochord delivers a sound that can fill a room without being overpowering. Music therapists, sound healers, and mediation leaders love the Monochord. The repetative nature of the instrument and the enveloping soundscape it creates are perfect for establishing a calm, relaxing, stress free environment.

      Our Monochords are hand-built using quality, solid wood. The frame is a rich cherry and you have your choice of soundboard material:

      • Solid Mahogany - known for it's stability and warmth or
      • Reclaimed Redwood which has a power and richness you can feel.

      What's Included

      Monochord

      Soundboard Solid Mahogany or Redwood
      Sides Solid Cherry
      Strings 25 ball-end acoustic
      Tuning Varies
      Length 32"
      Width 8-1/2"
      Height 4-1/2"
      Weight 8 Pounds
      Warranty Musicmakers Warranty

      What is a Monochord?

      Traditionally, the monochord was a single stringed instrument (zither) famously used by Pythagoras to demonstrate the mathematical ratios between intervals. Instruments like this are still used in classrooms to provide young students hands-on, experiential knowlege of musical intervals.

      The monochord that has been adapted and used by modern music therapists and sound healers is an expanded version of the ancient monochord. The modern monochord is simple rectangluar sound box made of wood with anwhere from 10 to 60 strings stretching across the entire length of the instrument. The strings are anchored on one end with hitch pins and anchorded on the other end with tuning pins. All of the strings are typically tuned in unison although some instruments will also include the 5th note of the scale. Repetative struming of all the strings provides a "bed" of sound that soothes and calms.


      How do you play the monochord?

      There are a variety of ways that you can play the monochord. The simplest thing to do is simply pull your pointer finger toward you across the strings. Do this with the pointer fingers on both hands and alternate hands. With practice you can be quite smooth and create a sound that seems to have no beginning or end.

      You can get different tones by engaging your fingernails on the strings or just using the pads of your fingers. Try playing soft or hard. Move your fingers closer and closer to the bridge and notice how the tone changes. Try using guitar picks or try tapping the strings with pencils. Use your imagination and the possibilities are endless.

      Monochord Tunings

      Our Monochords are available in three different tunings:
      Low C tuning

      This tuning is an octave lower than the Middle C tuning. So it has 23 strings tuned to the C below Middle C and then two strings tuned one octave lower than that.

      String Chart: Strings listed from high to low.

      Note # of Strings Gauge Composition
      C3 23 .036" Bronze Wound
      C2 2 .060 Bronze Wound

      Middle C tuning

      23 strings tuned to Middle C and 2 strings tuned an octave lower.

      String Chart: Strings listed from high to low.

      Note # of Strings Gauge Composition
      C4 23 .016" Plain Steel
      C3 2 .036" Bronze Wound

      Open C Chord

      This tuning starts at C2 (2 octaves below Middle C), spans 2 octaves and includes several Gs.

      String Chart: Strings listed from high to low.

      Note # of Strings Gauge Composition
      C4 4 .016" Plain Steel
      G3 5 .020 Plain Steel
      C3 10 .036" Bronze Wound
      G2 3 .048" Bronze Wound
      C2 3 .060" Bronze Wound
      Well made and sounds beautiful
      Angela
      10/04/2021
      Verified Buyer
      Matt was attentive to my questions and requests and I now have a beautiful looking and sounding monochord. I chose to upgrade to the Redwood sound board, paid for a custom stand and I asked for tuning in D/A. All accommodated by them. I love it. So easy to play which allows for me to easily tone and chant with it. Well done.
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      Amazing sound and resonance.
      Barbara Spaulding
      09/25/2021
      Verified Buyer
      I purchased this to use with my amazing Reverie Harp. The two sound wonderful together. I am a Sound Therapist and have been looking at Monochords for some time. I bought the low C model. I set it up on a keyboard stand as suggested by a musician friend. Everyone that hears it wants it. They love it and I love it. It has a beautiful sound and a lot of resonance. It's great for vocal toning and chanting too. I play it alone and with the incredible Reverie Harp. I also add in a large tongue drum too sometimes. I can also use the mallets from the drum for a different sound both on the harp and monochord. The bag it comes with is well made and an extra bonus. Musicmaker instruments are beautifully made and the company is a joy to deal with. I recommend them to all my students and clients.
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      recent purchased monochord
      ani
      03/02/2020
      Verified Buyer
      This is an awesome instrument. I'm seeing more youtube videos popping up where people are using it, so clearly seems to be catching on. Versitile and it seems it can be used in a lot of different ways....not only for music healers, but those who are interested in unusual and wonderful sounding instruments. I fall somewhere in between. I already have a reverie harp and the 2 instruments go beautifully together. So I am going to have so much fun putting this to use.....hard to not just sit and strum it forever !!!
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      Great tool for Sound Healing!
      Tom
      02/04/2020
      Verified Buyer
      I have a private massage/sound healing practice here in LA. So I use different instruments to re-align brain waves, calm the central nervous system, and balance the energy centers (Chakras) before I do a full body massage (healing). I currently use my Reverie and Angel harps by placing them directly on the body and the various sounds help to calm and re-align the energies. I also use it for hospice or hospital work. The Monochord is a specific sound instrument that would be most beneficial for meditation and breath work. So when I place it on the body, the constant key of C, especially the lower notes, vibrate strongly in the body (even stronger than the harps) and help the individual reach a more deeply meditative state. As your video highlights, they can also be used with other instruments like the Hapi Tank Drum. As an individual, I can sit in the lotus meditative position on the floor, and place the monochord on my knees and strum it as I do breath work to myself.
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