Although the cultures and traditions in these regions are immensely diverse, they do have one thing in common. About 4,000 years ago, craftspeople in this area of the world discovered how to work with bronze and similar metals. They began creating useful and decorative objects and soon discovered that the perfect mixture of copper, tin and other available metals created amazing-sounding musical instruments as well. Through a process of metal-smithing and working with molds, they learned to create gongs, bells, hand cymbals and even bowls that can “sing”. Some master craftspeople even claim to use secret ingredients that give their creations unusually beautiful or “perfect” tone!
Here are some posts that can help you explore these unique musical instruments and use them as a part of your music-making, meditation (quiet time), cultural studies, homeschool or classroom fun.
During the month of February 2013, we’re giving away a beautiful set of Tibetan handbells. You can find that Rafflecopter give-away here: