They have a strange name but a unique sound, said to connect one to one’s own source, and we have them in the shop!
Monochords date from a time when music and science were considered one and the same, and today sound practitioners around the world rediscover their amazing qualities. But to understand this unique instrument let’s go back in time a good 2500 years.
Pythagoras (IVs BC) and his followers believed that the whole universe could be understood in terms of musical harmonies and simple mathematical ratios. Until at least the 17th century astronomers believed that the planets moved in such a way as to produce a kind of cosmic harmony. Astronomy and the study of musical harmony thus went hand in hand and music was considered a proper part of science throughout the medieval and into the early modern period. Monochords were then the main tool to practice this study.
Monochords were used in ancient Greece to study the impact of harmonies on us, human beings. Later on it became a musical teaching tool in the 11th century by Guido of Arezzo, inventor of the modern form of musical notation. By laying out the notes of a scale on a monochord, he was able to teach choir boys how to sing chant and also to detect incorrect chanting. Believe it or not, the monochor
d was also used for tuning instruments and was still in use in the 19th century for tuning organs.
Today singers use it to support their voice while performing, they also offer a incredible sound massage when played while held against the body. In the same spirit of a singing bowl, they will help you release your tensions and blockages. In a nutshell monochords are one of these ancient instruments that are being rediscovered for their amazing qualities and promise to help us in our journey toward self discovery.