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The Sound Healing

Javi López story, RAV owner

Music has always been present in my life since I was a child, always calling me not only to listen but to learn to play music, always receiving the support of my family, and very grateful for it. I started learning guitar, after took to study Sound Technician with several specializations, working as a sound technician and musical composer until the year 2010-2011 I had the opportunity to live the power that the healing sound of the Overtones Singing, Tibetan Bowls among other ancestral instruments made me see Another possibility of approaching the music and sound healer, not being at that moment aware that it would be what would change the direction of my life, beliefs, patterns, environments of my day to day, work, people around me.

Through each one of the Ancestral Instruments that were entering my way of life, like the Ovetones Singing, Tibetan Bowls, Quartz Bowls, Native American Flutes, Shamanic Drum, Monocorde, Indian Tampura, Handpan, RavDrum, Gongs … Each and every one of them were teaching me more about my true essence, they were entering my life in a progressive way, without looking for them, I was simply discovering them, listening and feeling them, I began to study them and learn them, opening myself to perceive in a more subtle way In my day to day, I never started in it by a spiritual path or anything, all this and the experiences I was having with each instrument that I started playing as they appeared in my life, helped me to understand different areas of my life and becoming aware of them, and taking that internal power that is lodged in each Human Being and that we have only forgotten, through the amount of tools that exist in my way is the Sound of healing they help me remember.

I did not understand it but I simply harbored with the time of daily practice an internal calm that I had never felt before, all of which led me to become a Sound Therapist and expand experiences with the power that the Healing Sound reveals in each instrument and gives us its vibration.

The Healing Sound helps us to re-establish our vital energy, to release those established belief patterns that we have taken as our social, family, cultural … when it is only a limited way of seeing it, neither good nor bad, just a way , open up and recognize what our soul has truly come to do is when we enter that high vibration, that inner joy that you feel when we are developing it in our daily lives, sharing it with the world and transmitting it to each one of us through the tool that resonates the most
The Ravdrum is an instrument that under my experience with him, was a revelation when it appeared on my way, the first time I heard its sound I could not stop listening to it, it took me to a magical place, a space between everything we perceive as apparently Real, a space of internal silence, accompanied by its beautiful sounds, the sharp so beautiful that each note maintains when touched, was to find a tool that I felt I had to explore and contribute in my activities.

When my Integral RavDrum arrived in Amin, it was to connect with him at that moment, something arose in me that led me to touch him and create from time to time, beautiful melodies and rhythms that led you to create those atmospheres of calm, and relaxation in which the most beautiful things of our own lives happen, when we quiet our mind and can really perceive the essence of our human experience.
In these last years with working with him in my day to day, it is an instrument that quickly catches your attention both to the one who touches it and to the one who listens to it, creating a space of internal and external silence, and taking each of those there present to live their experience with the RavDrum, without the need to explain what to do in them when listening to it, simply stop and listen to it, stop and feel it, the rest is the experience of the moment, helping you relax from your day to day, learn to recognize what you really feel inside yourself, being a wonderful tool to use in meditation, relaxation, its sound that stays in long duration I love it because it helps you to work with the Ravdrum in a smooth, slow way creating atmospheres in those that the attention can be connected at all times by their sounds, their harmonics that last in time.

Then I started to introduce it to yoga classes with sound that I also do with different yoga teachers, and different yoga modalities, and it was a discovery for me to see the reaction of people after their yoga practice with sound, helps people to stay in their positions at times when it seems that the posture can with them, they are sustained in the live sound that the instrument gives them, and thus they can finish their sequence with greater energy and more attention in it, being a Wonderful combination of both practices.
In the end all the tools that we have help us to remember what is in us but we do not remember that it is, the healing sound I feel is a very pure tool, there are no concepts, ideas, or beliefs beyond what each you perceive when you listen, feel, and experience it, it is always different, and it always helps us to show us what we can not see in ourselves and make it conscious.

Here I share my website in case you want to get in touch for different collaborations, and see more of what I share:

Web: https://sonidosdelcorazon.com/

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About the Tongue Drum

Steel tongue drum

Anyone who belongs to music industry must have heard about this wonderful instrument. But if you have not heard of it, you have this chance to know more about it. It is an amazing instrument. The Steel tongue drum is commonly referred to as Handpan. They produce wonderful and best tones, add color as well as a unique moderation when applied to your music. Indeed, notwithstanding the music genre, this instrument is useful.

History and heritage

This instrument originated in Caribbean island (Trinidad and Tobago) in the 1930s. It had several predecessors who are most notably the Tambiro by Vega and Whale drum by Double Jim. In February the year, 2007 Havlena was inspired by Tambiro’s physical properties. He was also inspired by Hang’s tone layout. He created the steel tongue drum which took a circular pattern layout shape. It was from an empty twenty-pound propane tank. This is when this name «Tongue Drum» came into existence from the «Hang» and «Tank» combination.
This instrument was later established in many parts of the world including Switzerland among other parts of Europe. It is mostly used in European countries even today. Dennis Havana’s instrument has, in turn, inspired other inventors of steel tongue drum. It is being used by many musicians to shape the tones and color of the music in the music industry. Today we have many vendors that provide commercial versions of this steel tongue instruments. The instrument takes the same family as bells, Tibetan bowls, and Shaman’s tambourine.

Uses of steel tongue drum

Education

Everybody believes that tongue drums are very useful to every child. A child may choose this chance to benefit from drums to perform and play music. The instruments are unique and easy to every child understanding. For pre-school up to adult education, it serves children at any age. If you are in college or home-schooling this instruments will help your career come true. Tongue drum is easy, flexible, versatile, and creative to play. Indeed, no knowledge or experience needed to understand it. Just try it!

A stepping stone instrument in the music industry

The drum acts as a kind of fun in music development. It builds self-esteem thus considered as a stepping stone instrument by many. When later mixed with tones from wind instruments such as piano the song become even more amazing. It also creates a beautiful performance and recording.

Important in group and adults setting

This instrument is popular with teenagers and older children. It helps them to play music with a more, beautiful and sophisticated manner. Since these groups like the therapeutic and calming effect, they prefer to use it in all their ages. It works well with adults and children groups such as disabled people and people with disability.

The RAV Vast

RAV Vast drum is one of the best tongue drums that has taken everybody by surprise. RAV Vast seems to be a discovery to everybody who finds it. It has a hypnotic, meditative and tranquil sound. Among all other drums, it stands as the complete harmony of 5-8 tones on every tongue. Its rich in sound makes it popular and in-demand instrument. Give it a try and find out its importance.

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6 Unique Musical Instruments You Didn’t Know About

Music is one language that everyone understands. It brings
people together and it is universal. It is hard to say when people began
developing music but we can guess that it was very early in the human history.
And from the very beginning of the history of music different peoples started
inventing their own musical instruments. There are some that are similar among
various nationalities and some that are completely different. We will have a
look at some unique musical instruments from around the world.

1. The Hydraulophone

The hydraulophone was created in the 1980s
by an engineering professor at the University of Toronto Steve Mann. He
invented this instrument for individuals who have vision problems so they would
be able to better use their senses. In fact, if you want to play the instrument
you need to get your hands wet because the sound is produced by pressurized
hydraulic fluid rather than by air.

The instrument looks like a curved tube
with several holes in it. The water is pumped through this tube and then is
spurts out. Above each hole there is a sounding mechanism. When you place a
finger over one hole the water is diverted to another part of the instrument.

2. The Balalaika

This is a traditional Russian folk
instrument, which resembles other stringed instruments, such as tambura or
dombra. It is believed that balalaika appeared in Russia approximately in the 1500s
and the first written document where it was mentioned dates back to 1688. This
instrument was popular with middle and lower classes. From its appearance
troubadours and jesters played it and ridiculed the ruling class of that time.
By the end of 19th century balalaika could be found almost in every
Russian household.

Balalaika is string instrument of
triangular shape. The balalaikas come in five sizes – from 20 inches to 5.8
feet. The modern balalaikas were developed by Russian musician Vasily Andreyev
at the end of 19th century.

3. The Ravanahatha

One of the interesting Indian musical
instruments is ravanahatha. This is a bowed string instrument. It was probably
invented at the times of King Ravana by the Hela community. Supposedly, the
instrument is named after this king. The ravanahatha is especially popular in Rajasthan,
North India among the street musicians.

The sound box of the instrument is made of
a half of a coconut shell with a membrane of goat skin. There are two principal
strings, one of which is made of horsehair and another of steel. There is a
stick made of bamboo attached to the shell, and some bells along the bow. The instruments
can vary in length.

4. RAV Vast

RAV Vast drum is another one in the list of
weird musical instruments. It combines the concept behind tongue drums and
handpans. This is a perfect instrument for meditation. The steel tongues
vibrate to create soothing meditative melodies. On each tongue up to 6
harmonics can be tuned. The range of the instrument could be spread to full 2
octaves of the scale.

RAV vast was invented by Andrey Remyannikov
in 2013, so it is a very modern instrument. Andrey spent months trying to make
different sounds from the steel instrument and came up with a perfect
combination.

5. Cajón

Cajon was invented in Peru in the late 16th
century. It is believed that in the
beginning it was played by slaves of African origin. The peak of its popularity
was in the middle of 19th century. Currently cajon is widely used in
Spain, the Philippines and both Americas.

The instrument is used to play such styles
of music as jazz, flamenco and others. A cajon is a box-shaped percussion
instrument that is played by slapping its rear faces or front with fingers or
hands. The box is made of thick wood. There is a sound hole on the back side of
the cajon.

6. Lurr

A lurr (or a lur) is an old Scandinavian
wooden instrument that was introduced by Vikings in the middle ages. The
instrument is played by embouchure and it is a blowing horn without finger
holes. Lurrs come in different shapes and can be curved or straight. It is
considered that the ancestor of wooden lurr is a bronze lurr that dates back to
the Bronze Age. It was found in Northern Germany and Scandinavian countries.
Lurr can be as long as 1,5 – 2 meters. In order to avoid directing loud noise
at nearby people curved lurrs were invented. Besides, such lurrs were easier to
carry.

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Handpan and Hang Drum History

Handpan is a musical instrument that captivates the listener with a strong hypnotic draw and has different vibe and scales of mystery to its tone. This instrument remains elusive in its acquisition and has been described by the Atlantic as a cross between a flying saucer and a caveman tool. It drew its origins from the steel drum family emulating the traditional steel pans of the Caribbean Islands. Initially, the handpan was recognized as the “hang” – a word that means “hand” in Bernese German dialect due to the fact that the instrument was played by hand. In other terms, it can be referred as a term used for a group of unique musical instruments that has resulted from a growing worldwide interest in the Hang.

 

How did this instrument originate?

The heritage of this instrument originates in Bern, Switzerland where Felix Rohner and Sabina Schårer constructed this multifaceted instrument called Hang. Felix Rohner was the first prominent player of a musical instrument called the Trinidad Steel drum which received its first recognition in Europe in the early 70s. With a clear understanding of steel drum, he and his business partner Sabrina Scharer established PanArt, a company well known for creating dented musical instruments in the year 1990. It was not until the year 2001, when Felix and Sabrina officially introduced Hang in Musikmesse Frankfurt in Germany.

This presentation led to the popularization of the hang drum musical instrument for its mysterious and beautiful tone as well as its unique scales. However, the creators did not mass produce it and as a result it was only available in a limited number each year. This is because they saw the tool as an artistic and imaginative creation and not something that can be easily sold around the world. It was for this reason that different versions began to erupt from Europe and United States by other instrument makers in the year 2007. These models were referred to as the “handpan” and not “hang” as initially recognized. There are now over 100 makers of handpan in the world with varying degrees of objective ad subjective quality.

In order to maintain the originality of this unique instrument, Felix and Sabrina made a policy where potential customers who wanted to purchase the instrument had to present a hand-written letter explaining why they needed the tool. In the year 2013, PanArt stopped making the instrument in order to preserve the value, mystique and elusiveness of this distinctive musical instrument. They said that the Hang belongs to the flow of the gift and is not a tool to be put in a shop window.

 

What makes the handpan and the hang different?

Hang was created and its inventors trademarked the name Hang and took legal rights over it under PanArt. As a result, handpan became the name of every other instrument makers in the United States, in Europe and any other place in the world. The name “Hang” is only limited to instruments created by PanArt whereas the name “handpan” refers to any other type of hang drum type or steel pan created by instrument makers other than the PanArt.

In addition, the handpan also known as hand drum is made from a 55 gallon industrial drum and can only be played with the help of a panstick. On the other hand, the hangdrum is made from nitrated sheets of steel and it can be played without the help of any other additional items.

 

Is a hang and hangdrum the same item?

Although “hangdrum” is term commonly used by most people verbally to refer to a hang, the original makers maintain that the title of the musical instrument should be hang in order to maintain their brand of the handpan.

 

Music played with a hand drum.

This instrument is often described with a mystical sound with intergrated overtones which are known to have a positive effect on body and mind. Many musicians have used this tool in festivals, concerts and events with a variety of other instruments to make electronic music or a laid back chill out music.

 

How is this tool played?

The quality of the handpan and its ability to entertain the audience and its specialist is a great gift to the musical community. Many people all over the world have tried to understand the mystery behind this instrument as well as to know how to play it. As it continues to gain popularity and resonate with different cultures all over the world, many people are beginning to appreciate its abilities. In order to get the best out of this tool, you need to learn how to hit it the right way. You are required to shut off everything that threatens your peace and through calmness and a gentle touch this magical instrument brings out resonating and captivating sounds. You can only bring the best out of this tool through a gentle, calm and soft touch.

When it comes to creating music and melodies with the handpan, there is no strict rule; you just need to pour your tender soul in what you are playing and you will be amazed to learn how this intuitive instruments interprets the sounds. You do not need a musical training to play this tool.

 

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5 Tips on How to Start Teaching Yoga

Are you enthusiastic and ready to begin teaching yoga but you feel a little unsure and scared? Usually after finishing a yoga teacher training session, one may feel overwhelmed by the need to share the fantastic information they acquired. However, unless you are enrolled onto an existing schedule after completing the teacher training, figuring out how and where to start teaching yoga can be challenging. A few tips might help you get started. Let’s learn together!

  1. Begin as soon as possible

It is important to start teaching yoga while you are still motivated & enthusiastic and the training is fresh in the mind in order to ease and manage the bouts of disappointments that you are likely to experience every now and then. Decide on the location for yoga training based on the opportunities available such as mentorships, internships and accessibility to the targeted market. This can be at the gym, studio, at home or any other place you find comfortable.

  1. Keep it simple

To make your work and that of the student easier, keep your class simple. Begin with easy and comfortable practices that are accessible to fresh beginners. Teach this one class until all the students are comfortable then you can advance with time. Always ensure that you keep the needs of the students in mind and not how much information you have and want to share.

  1. Gather your tools

Do you want to stand out between others and keep your students coming back? To make your class challenging and inspiring, you may diverse it a little to make it more engaging. To improve your student’s retention, you may include musical performance in your yoga teaching. One of the best instruments fitting for a yoga class would be a RAV Vast drum. It’s shaped like a steel tongue drum and has a deep rich and relaxing  sound. The sound of the drum makes your students feel uplifted, welcome and relaxed and encourages them to stay the course. In addition, you don’t need to study music for this – the instrument is intuitive and really easy to learn. So as a yoga teacher, you may add a RAV Vast musical instrument to your tool kit to make yourself stand out between others, make your healing sessions more effective and to improve the students’ experience.

  1. Develop relationships

To make your venture successful, you need to invest in relationships. As a beginner, you should practice at studios and other community based facilities. This way, you will get to know more teachers and managers and more people are likely to know you. Showing up opens your channels to more opportunities and when people see your commitment, reliability and abilities as a teacher, they know they can rely on you. This way, you are likely to get more teaching opportunities, more sub gigs all of which will help you grow as a yoga teacher

  1. Stay inspired

Ensure that the motivation and enthusiasm you had when you started as a yoga teacher remains to the very end. Follow up with people to remind them that you are interested in training them more. Although many might turn your offer down, always stay inspired and motivated to become the best version of yourself.

 

Starting out as a yoga teacher should be fun and exciting. Always stay relaxed, be honest about your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher and be ready to learn from other teachers, your students, yoga websites, yoga philosophy and other yoga sites. Keep the students happy and always practice what you teach. Lastly, practice – remember, practice makes perfect!

 

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Top 5 Kids Musical Instruments

As a parent, you want your child to be a well-rounded, cultured individual when they grow up. Buying them children’s musical instruments goes a long way in teaching them different skills and introducing the beauty of music from an early age. Furthermore, you can help them discover and develop their talent early on, something that will come in handy if they decide to pursue music as a career. While many parents go for the classic guitar and pianos, there’s a whole world of great instruments that you can get. Below is a selection of five of the best.

A drum set. Let’s just say that a drum set for kids is a great idea both for the kid and the parent. It allows your child to experiment and to be creative as they set out to create their own tunes. They will learn rhythm and also perfect their coordination, qualities that will serve them well in the real world. Also in this digital age whereby many kids are living a dangerously sedentary lifestyle, a drum set is great for keeping them active.

If you are looking for something that’s unique and fun for both you and your child, go for the RAV Vast. This instrument looks like a drum, although it is shaped like a pan, something that makes it be also referred as a handpan. Kids like it for its unique and interesting shape, and they also find it easy to play. It is tuned perfectly so that the kids cannot play false notes. Given that the RAV Vast is also an adult instrument, you will enjoy playing it together with your mini-you. And also it’s super durable – and this is a very important factor when we talking about something for the kids.

If you are a fan of classical music and want you kid to follow suit, then a violin is the best way to go. It is one of the most popular musical instruments for kids, and with good reason. Its small size means that your kid will not overexert themselves while trying to learn. It also produces beautiful melodies that open up a whole new world for children. Depending on the age of the child, you can get them an electronic version that plays melodies or you can get them the real deal and let them learn to play it.

The children’s musical instruments covered so far mostly produce beats by hand or produce music by strings. What about making some music using the lungs. Woodwind instruments are the best for this. There is a good variety of such, including flutes and saxophones. You can also get these in kid size, complete with attractive bright colors and they lay a solid background for children to master the saxophone, trumpet, or trombones later in life.

Another great percussion instrument for kids is the xylophone. This instrument is easy enough to play, and even little kids will enjoy creating their own tunes on it. The xylophone version for younger kids comes decorated with different colors so that your child maintains the interest. The good thing about all these instruments is that once your kid outgrows the children’s version, they will move right to the adult version and pick up from where they left.

 

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Choosing a RAV Vast Scale: Part I

So you’ve decided to buy a RAV Vast.

Congratulations! You are joining a passionate and diverse global community: music lovers, musicians and artists, yogis, healers and medical professionals, and more. You know you’re going to love your RAV. You know it’s going to change your life forever. But first – how do you pick a scale? There are so many to love, and they all sound beautiful! Well, consider this your guide to the land of RAV. Our tour will take us around the world, so buckle up, the Scale Safari is starting!

First, a couple notes:

RAV scales are available in Vast and Vast 2 models. A Vast is slightly more percussive, closer to the tone of a handpan; a Vast 2 is generally slightly louder with longer sustain. Neither is better or more “advanced”, just a little different.
The lowest note of each scale is called a Ding. A little bigger, a little richer than all of the other notes, it’s located in the center of your drum and designated in parentheses in the specifications below. For example, in the B Pygmy scale, B2 is the Ding: (B2) E3 F#3 G3 B3 D4 E4 F#4 A4.

If you are not a musician, don’t worry about the specifications. Just follow your intuition! Scales that pair well with guitar are designated by a superscript G: G
For the musically savvy, note the enharmonic chord spellings. For example, F# major and Gb major are the same chord, which name you use depends on whether you are playing in a sharp or flat key.

Africa: Pygmy Scale

Got your binoculars and expedition hat? The first thing you notice when you get off the plane is the sound of distant drumming. As you get closer, you make out the complex rhythms of a djembe, a shaker, and a RAV… improvising on a Pygmy Scale! Named for the forest dwelling hunter gatherers of sub-Saharan Africa, this warm, earthy, and mysterious minor scale is easy to play and a great choice for beginners, while advanced players will delight in its remarkable tonal depth. As the band stops playing, the tribe welcomes you to join them for a traditional meal of peanut stew, fufu, and grilled antelope.

Across the table, you notice the Pygmy family’s three brothers:

 

E Low Pygmy – VastG

(E2) A2 B2 C3 E3 G3 A3 B3 D4

Chords: E minor, A minor, C major, G major

Tip: The best-selling E Low version of this scale boasts the deepest sound of any RAV and is well suited to slow, meditative playing due to the long sustain. The price is higher due to the difficulty of production.

 

G Pygmy– Vast

(G2) C3 D3 D#3 G3 A#3 C4 D4 F4

Chords: G minor, D#/Eb major, A#/Bb major

 

B Pygmy– Vast 2G

(B2) E3 F#3 G3 B3 D4 E4 F#4 A4

Chords: B minor, E minor, G major, D major

 

Arabia: Kurd and Onoleo Scales

Who’s ready for one thousand and one Arabian nights? Forget Sinbad the sailor and Aladdin’s magic lamp – after playing the Kurd and Onoleo RAVs, you’ll have your own adventures to tell!

 

Your story starts with a trip to the bazaar, the Middle East’s famous open air marketplace and meeting place of merchants and craftsmen. There are certainly some curious characters here! In one stall, a goat farmer sells cheese and milk. Across the street, a richly dressed tea and spice merchant loudly proclaims his wares while a barber in a turban discusses the news of the day with his customers. But wait – what’s that sound?

A tall, handsome man wearing a full beard and a long robe is singing rajaz poetry, his deep voice sending his audience in the street into an ecstasy while a tabla drum and violin throb underneath. In the middle of the song, the tabla player gestures, and pulls out a mysterious steel drum engraved with ornate slits. A huge crowd gathers to see and hear the RAV Kurd. This balanced and remarkably versatile scale – named for the Kurdish people – is based on an Arabic maqam, or melodic mode, but is equally at home in Western and world music. An abundance of notes and chords makes it a great choice for improvising, either solo or with an ensemble.

 

Kurd– Vast 2G

(B2) F#3 G3 A3 B3 C#4 D4 E4 F#4 A4

Chords: B minor, F# minor, G major, A major, D major, E minor
 

Consumed with excitement, the sounds of singing steel ringing through your ears, you join a passing caravan and ride into the desert. Later that night, nursing a strong cup of Turkish coffee in a café, you watch the travelers congregate around a belly dancer. The rest of the crowd is watching the dancer, but you have eyes only for the beautiful, voluptuously curved…steel drum in the corner of the stage. Accompanying the dance by itself with strange, stinging energy, the RAV Vast seems to lift everything around it. After the music ends, you approach the belly dancer, insisting to know what scale that was. She winks and whispers in your ear…

 

Onoleo – Vast 2

(B2) F#3 G3 B3 D#4 E4 F#4 G4 B4

Chords: B major, E minor

Tip: this challenging, esoteric scale is unlike any other. Incredibly exciting, its strong dissonances lend itself to solo work in the hands of an advanced player…

 

Tune in next time for Part 2, when we explore the forests and temples of Asia and beyond!

Article is written by our partner David Duan

David Duan is a composer, cellist, and sound healer. A Dean’s Recognition Award recipient and multiple concerto competition winner, he has performed around the world with a variety of ensembles and orchestras. He champions the RAV Vast, a modern steelpan poised to revolutionize world music, sound therapy, and music education. A graduate of New York University and the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University, he lives in Maryland.

Please contact david.duan@nyu.edu for information, gigs, commissions, collaboration, and more.

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