Musical instruments and the sound bath

My collection of gongs and other wonderful instruments is growing all the time. I keep discovering new and wonderful instruments that I would like to add to the beautiful sound layers within the sound bath. I love how creative I can be. There really are no rules, it is wonderful to play and experiment and provides such a freedom.

Next week I am attending a workshop on making a stringed instrument from scrap materials. So very excited about this. It will be so cool to make my own instrument. It will be a 3 stringed instrument and I will add a photo and perhaps a soundclip to my blog later assuming I am proud of my work! I am hoping that I can eventually make my own drone type instrument with what I learn. Perhaps I am being over ambitious but we shall see. I do love a challenge.

Loving the sounds of the Tanpura (or tambura, tanpuri). It is a long-necked plucked string instrument found in various forms in Indian music. It does not play melody but rather supports and sustains the melody of another instrument or singer by providing a continuous harmonic bourdon or drone. It can have 4 or 5 stings, occasionally 6 and is wonderful for meditation and very like the gong can easily take you to a deep metitational state. Tanpura are various sizes, often known as male or female, the female being the smaller of the two. They compliment one another perfectly and provide a great addition to the sound bath.