Whereas the monochord is tuned to one note, the therapy monochord in addition to the various octaves of the root note also has 2 strings which are tuned to an interval of a fifth. The fifth is a very pleasing and harmonizing interval, which can be felt as both enlivening and calming at the same time.
It rounds off the sound of the monochord and is particularly effective when used in the direct transmission of sound to the body. Because of the tuning in 5ths the instrument is also known as the body tambura (Berhard Deutz, Klangwerkstatt).
When all the strings are set in motion at the same time a pleasantly rippling sound full of overtones arises which reminds the listener of a babbling brook or gently rushing waves.
The effect of the sound can be described in general as stimulating, lifting the spirits and at the same time relaxing. Besides that the sound can help to alleviate cramps and heighten the awareness of the body.
It is particularly noticeable that after just a few seconds the breathing becomes deeper and calmer.
In a similar way to working with singing bowls, all the body sound instruments can be used among other things for sound massages, trancework and sound healing. These instruments are mainly used in therapeutic work.
Singing bowl treatment
Music therapy with children
In addition to the work on a physical level the therapy monochord can, like the monochord, be used in group work for sound journeys. The sound is strong enough to fill a small room.
The therapy monochord comes as standard in 3 different sizes. In all models, the support surface is curved inwards.
|Length||Width||Height||Tuning||Number of strings||Soundbed option||Soundchair option|
|66 cm||24 cm||6 cm||D/A||30||–||–|
|85 cm||30 cm||7 cm||C/G||34||for children up to 85 cm||for children and adults|
|106 cm||30 cm||7 cm||A/E||34||for children up to 105 cm||for children and adults|
Due to its inwardly curved back the therapy monochord fits comfortably on the body.
The therapy monochord has smaller dimensions than the sound bed or the sound chair, which makes it comparatively easy to transport. That means it is suited to therapy work or giving treatments “on the road”.
The Meerklang therapy monochord can easily be transformed into a sound chair or sound bed using the chair or bed extensions.