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This series of lessons was created for those who wish to explore the use of sound as a therapeutic modality. It is focused on the preparation of skillful sound healing arts facilitators and teachers.
While the curriculum is designed for the beginning and intermediate level students, more experienced sound practitioners and teachers will benefit as well.
Reading the chapters describing the many elements of acoustics, you will learn about the human response to sound. Most importantly, you will learn how to work with sound instruments, and how to compel your audience to listen to your work, and to themselves.
Practical exercises, interactive elements, and various tools are given in each segment will help you to become a thoughtful architect of the sonic matrix and will teach you how to create meaningful content for your sound journeys. This program ignites the heart and both brain hemispheres so that you, the sound worker, can become a more skillful and sensitive artist.
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Definition of sound. Vibration, medium and receiver. Frequency and pitch in sound. Low and high frequencies, wavelength. Definition of loudness. How sound travels in a medium. Human perception of sound amplitude. Perception of low and high frequencies at a different volume. Resonance and resonant frequencies. Sympathetic resonance. Using sound frequencies in medicine and healing. Debunking common myths about resonant frequencies for healing. What sound consists of. Timbre and sound partials. Harmonics and overtones. Constructive and destructive standing waves. Nodes and antinodes. Cymatics. Relationship between physical properties of matter and geometrical patterns in cymatics. What is the difference between white noise, pink noise, and brown noise. Schumann resonance frequencies. Check your knowledge (multiple choice exam).
Notes, tones, semitones and octave in music. Frequencies assigned to notes in commonly used systems. What is a scale in music. History of notes and modern musical scale. Mathematical ratios in various musical scales. Comparison of musical scales (Just Intonation, Equal Temperament, and Solfeggio). Debunking the superior frequencies (432Hz, Solfeggio frequencies). Names and building structures of musical intervals. Harmonic and melodic intervals. Frequency charts (Equal Temperament, Just Intonation, Solfeggio). Comparison of the intervals (Equal Temperament and Just Intonation). Finding the most coherent scale. Consonance and dissonance. A brief history of the discovery of consonant intervals. The list of consonant and dissonant ratios and intervals. Major and minor chords. Tempo in music. Check your knowledge (multiple choice exam).
Definition of psychoacoustics. Passive hearing vs active listening. Sonic triggers. Ear anatomy and hearing. Vagus nerve and sonic nourishment. The aspects of active and selective listening. Awareness of the healing sounds. Cleansing by listening. Puzzling reality with sound. Perception of low and high amplitude. Overwhelming with sound. Perception of high and low pitch. Pitch and chakras. Exercise to develop a connection between sound and body. Ascending and descending tones. "Hysteresis" effect. Shepard tones. Sound density. Crescendo and decrescendo. Silence as a source of information and a tool for transformation. The healing potential of dissonance. Connecting body, mind and spirit with sound. Mood shifters. Melancholic and joyful intervals. Overtone-emitting instruments. The power of "surprise". Tension and relief. Auditory-tactile synesthesia and misophonia. The autonomous sensory meridian response
A brief history of entrainment discovery in physics. What entrainment is in nature and what are the conditions required for entrainment to happen. The rhythm of life and internal periodicity. The heartbeat of music. Rhythmic entrainment. External rhythms and the body's motor skills. Stable patterns, periodic patterns and erratic rhythms. What do we know about the brainwaves. Specifics and aspects of main brainwave patterns (Infra-low, Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, Gamma). A brief history of brainwave entrainment. How brainwave entrainment works. The definition of isochronic tones. The definition of monaural and binaural beats. The application of isochronic tones, monaural beats and binaural beats in brainwave entrainment. Understanding the link between sound, heartbeat, and breath. What is the healthy rate of heartbeat and breath. Heartbeat and breath rate entrainment.
What is a singing bowl? The history and the origins of singing bowls. The original purpose and modern utilization of singing bowls. Types and styles of Himalayan singing bowls. A personal story about learning a great lesson, healing emotional trauma, and choosing the path of life. To what fields could singing bowls bring their benefits. A personal story about giving a healing session on a special occasion. Comparison between antique singing bowls and modern singing bowls. Nine singing bowls made of nine different metals. Guide to indicate the age of a singing bowl. Crystal singing bowls. Comparisons between the timbre of metal singing bowls and crystal singing bowls. Taking care of a singing bowl. Case study and buyers guide, finding the proper bowl for your needs. The ethos of sound. Conscious listening practical exercises. Debunking the myth about using singing bowls for working with chakras. Sound and light. Planetary sounds.
Choosing the right mallets and cushions. Beginners and advanced playing techniques. How to listen to the singing bowl. Evaluating the quality of antique and new singing bowls (all types). Price guide. Practical exercises for mental and physical health benefits. The pulse of a singing bowl in working with brain entrainment and internal rhythms. Most efficient frequency analyzers. The contradiction of harmony and dissonance of singing bowls. Analyzing the ratios between the sound partials of singing bowls (a series of exercises). Exercising assembling a set of bowls with common harmonics and specific intervals. The practice of putting together binaural sets and head sets. Assembling any set of bowls matching musical intervals, sound partials, pulsations, and Ethos. The periodic rhythm of singing bowls and a striking rhythm. Breath rate and heartbeat entrainment. Nodes and antinodes in matching singing bowls "BPM". Building tension with singing bowls.
Segment Seven is dedicated to the etiquette and teachings of good manners in interaction with the king of the heavy metal kingdom. It provides you with the knowledge and skills to be respected by the king (the gong) and your audience. Types of the most popular gongs. Chao gongs, Wind gongs. Making process of gongs (Chinese gongs, Paiste gongs, artisan gongs). What equipment do you need for working with gongs. Review of stands, striking mallets and rubbing mallets for playing the gong. How to clean your gong and what are the best solutions for different alloys. Philosophy of playing the gong. Tutorials on playing the gong by striking. Beginners and advanced playing techniques. Tutorials on playing the gong with friction mallets. Wave-surfing the gong. Stories played by gongs.
Sound wellness practitioners use a number of different instruments and tools to create soundscapes. Like all instruments, it is important to understand the underlying principles of how the sounds are made and transmitted. You will learn what these instruments are, and how to thoughtfully use them. The subjects are: Main types of crystal singing bowls. How to play crystal singing bowls. Working with a drum. Working with rattles. Tips on working with Tingsha bells. Tips on working with Koshi chimes. Working with Shruti box. Therapeutic lap harp. The story of tuning forks (what's the buzz). Types of tuning forks. Tuning forks as the mood shifters. Burma bells (Kyeezees). What is Jew's harp and how to play it.
Sound master vs sound servant. Relationship with silence. Preparations for the sound journey. Set and setting. Welcoming your audience. Facilitator-audience relationship. Meaningful nuances (what and how are we saying). Finding and setting up the intention. The meaning of healing. Benefits of conscious listening. Ethics. Emotional rollercoasters. Lying down vs sitting up. How to unify the audience. Last preparations. Skills of sonic architecture. Setting up the instruments in the most efficient way. Composing the content of the journey and creating a meaningful scenario. Sequencing. Holding the space for the session. How to facilitate a sacred journey. Relieving tension in practice. Safe arrival. Ethical advertisement. Medical limitations and precautions. What NOT to do during the sound sessions (experienced practitioners survey).