Kantele and a Sound Journey

Kantele and a Sound Journey

Charlie has been working on a new project. He built a Kantele for me. What is a Kantele? It is a 10 string Finnish Zither. A stringed instrument that can be plucked or strummed and many times is used as an accompaniment for singing. This is the first of several instruments he is building for me. A harp, monochord, and native american flutes are all in the come soon.

I have always wanted a harp and love the idea of stringed intruments. I have never played a harp before so had no idea if I woud find it difficult or natural.

Kantele

I was both pleasantly surprised and greatly pleased to find that I have a natural affinity for this instrument. It excites me with the possibilities of the new instruments to come and how I can use them in sound healing.

It is such a pretty instrument and Charlie did a wonderful job building it. The sound is light and airy with a pleasing pure tone. I can see stringed instruments becoming a large part of the relaxing Sound Healing sessions.

details Kantele

I use several instruments for a sound journey session. A large portion of most sessions use singing bowls. I have three types of singing bowls. A 2 octave set of crystal singing bowls, a hand hammered Himalayan metal bowl set, and several Zen Vibrapoint metal bowls used for targeted vibration work. All the bowls can be used on the body except the ones made from crystal. I also use several types of drums, handpans, stringed instruments, and a gong. I hope to add a smaller harp and monochord soon.

Sound Journey

I am currently scheduling for single person session and 2 person couple sessions. A single person session is 50-60 minutes and is specific for that person’s current needs. We discuss what is bothering them and what they would like to try to target for that day. A couples session is 60-70 minutes and is a bit more of a group focus. A couples session is defined as two people. It can be a couple in a relationship, 2 best friends, parent and child, 2 siblings, grandparent and child, or 2 strangers. It is wonderful for a special anniversary or date night as well as a friend night out event.

Single person session (50-60 min) is $60.00.

Couple Two person session (60-70 min) is $100.00.

For booking and scheduling an appointment you can reach me in several ways.

On Instagram, send a DM to @alba.ranch. On Facebook, send a message to Alba Ranch or to Melisa Morrison. Email direct to albaranch@gmail.com. Once the initial session has been set up, clients have a cell phone number for text and calls.

What are you waiting for? Book now to start to relax and re balance from all the stresses of life.

Crystal Singing Bowls

My new handpan is here

My new handpan is here

It has finally arrived. My new handpan is here. Just in time for Charlie to hear it before he has to go offshore. It is Easter and I am off outside to play in the goat pen. The Oberhasli Dairy goats and Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD) seem to be fascinated by the music.

Josh the maker playing it before shipping

I took this out of the box and started playing like we were old friends. This pan was made for me and both of us know that. This is such fun. The sustain and tone of this pan is beautiful. So ethereal and light and pure tones.

I have a few short clips of me playing that day in the barnyard. The Easter barnyard concert.

Caprica getting into the music

I have another clip where even the LGD dogs came to visit.

the LGD dogs are interested

I really did enjoy playing for them that day and found it so easy of an instrument to play. The sounds and notes were beautiful and the resonance very nicely balanaced.

My handpan

I have a few new photos of it. The hard case is a lovely sage green. I just love them both!

D Minor Celtic 13
D Minor Celtic 13 Handpan

D Minor Celtic 13 Handpan

I have been playing my handpans every day for months.  It seems to have greatly helped with my pain levels as well as is just plan fun.  Small amounts of practice on a daily basis interspersed with longer sessions on occassion has greatly changed my playing abilities.  I am finding new songs and rhythms that seem to come from no where….inside me?

Busy making my new handpan


I have news….exciting news!  I have commissioned a custom handpan from Veritas Sound Sculptures.  It is a D Minor Celtic 13.  We are calling it Celtic because the top pan layout is a Celtic pattern but this pan has all the notes for an entire D Minor Scale.  The Bb is one of the 3 bottom notes, so the “Kurd” part is not on top.  That is why why we decided to call it a D Celtic.

Here is a youtube link to the maker, Josh, playing my hand pan after it was completed before he shipped it out to me. I am so excited. I have been waiting for this most of March and soon it will be here.

Josh is also owner of Rivera Steel Tuning and tunes and repairs handpans from around the world made by many makers. He has a remarkable ear and gets the pans sounding their best self.