Name: Monchair - Monochord Singing Chair
Quality: Hand crafted in Germany
Simple Description: The singing chair with monochord backside enables a special full body full body experience of sound, vibration and sound massage. Easy to play and anyone can use it intuitively without any prior musical experience. Monchair effectively supports your therapeutic work bringing joy and delight.
Strings and Tuning:
Monochord tuning: 18 overtone strings (d) and 22 bass strings (D)
Tambura tuning: 10 sets of 4 strings (A d d D) repeated
Fully assembled: 27,6 x 26 x 50 inches
Package size : 52,4 x 25 x 8 inches
Weight : 59 pounds (27 kg)
- Weight capacity 330 lbs
- Stable design, to avoid over-stimulation of the equilibrium through combining the effects of the vibration of sound with the movement of the chair (rocking, swinging)
- Ergonomically designed seat
- Interchangeable, firmly mounted seat covers
- High adjustable neck rest
- All surfaces are treated with organic oils
- German designed and manufactured
- Easy to assemble
- Small transport volume
Materials: Cherrywood and ash
Includes: Tuner, tuning instrument, some replacement strings, and wood stand.
Training: Free 30 minute training via Skype
Sound Notes: Strum on the strings close to the bridge of the monochord to create sounds rich in over-tones. Strum in the middle and the sound is more even. At first it seems like you’re hearing only one tone, but as your mind relaxes you can notice a full variety of tones and overtones that weave a wistful and subtle melody. It creates a sound experience much like that of a gong.
Additional: Approaching the chair with a gentle and supportive attitude can bring joy and healing to your client. The singing chair will captivate you with its elegant appearance and design. It is the perfect fit for a variety of locations, such as: modern offices, clinics, therapeutic facilities, private practices, wellness center and in your very own home.
Compare tunings : Monochord or Tambura
Tambura Tuning: If you string the strings evenly with your fingers you will create overtones which have rich harmonics. The tunes D d d A repeat 10 times in the 40 strings creating a rich sound environment. It embraces and holds you in a relaxing environment without any prior training. monchair with tambura tunings is great for places where the chair is exposed to new people all the time, who want to play and enjoy the Singing Chair with each other. Great to use in settings like offices, hotels, wellness and care facilities.
Monochord tuning: allows you to create a more nuanced play. The strings are tuned to D and the higher octave d. This allows the player more creative possibilities to excite the many finer and subtle overtones. You can vary the pitches and focus on the deeper tones in D which have more vibration or string d to create more overtones.
Reviews from our Monochord Chair Customers:
"The feeltone Monchord Singing Chair has served as an important instrument to the patients we serve at The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center.
There are numerous patients who have benefited from the breath glissando release sounds I use accompanied by the string glissando-from low to high and then absorption…where the strings resonate and saturate through the warm wood into the body. In a general way, this warm up takes only about five minutes and creates “flow” and a sense of “homeostasis” or “self integration” or “synchrony between the body-mind-spirit” as one of my pianist musician players often says.
There are two patients who have particularly benefited from the vibration...please go to our blog to read more about the study."
Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC , read more
Claudia Dall, a speech therapist, tested our monchair for a year in her private practice on the island of Usedom. Here's what she had to say:
" I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Ingo, Martina and the team from feeltone that helped me realize my dream of finding an elegant, comfortable office chair and a versatile therapeutic sound instrument, all in one. Over the years, I have incorporated sound in my practice for tonal regulation, body awareness and sensory perception. monchair both doubles as an office space saver and a therapeutic vibrational treatment chair for my patients. Because of its space saving feature I am able to also use the overtone rich Monochord instruments while the client is in a seated position. Playing them monchair allows me to quickly get my clients into a relax state without the need to change position. The harmonious sounds support my work with more ease and brings joy to myself and my clients. They confirm this experience with their feedback and their radiant and beaming faces after each session. "
How to assemble the chair:
The chair comes with assembly instructions and we have a video: