Jew’s harp… an enigmatic musical instrument of shamans… The majority of the world population has seen the value of its cosmic sounds, since nowadays the interest in the ethnic culture of the peoples of the North is picking up at an unprecedented pace.
Jew’s harp belongs to the brightest representatives of antique musical instruments which is well known in much of the world and distinguished with its production material and shape. Due to this, each jew’s harp has its own unique characteristics. Despite its simplicity, this musical instrument can produce a lot of sophisticated melodies which made it universally widespread. Deep and monotonous sound of a jew’s harp putting a human in a light trance has become popular among those who use various meditative practices, since rhythmic sounds and deep vibrations help to relax and reach harmony.
In the modern world of musical instruments, Glazyrin’s jew’s harps occupy a particular niche. One cannot but get fascinated of the aesthetics of their visual appearance and the mystical beauty of their sound.
The jew’s harp Red Indian stands out from the many variations of shapes and sounds. Its cast frame is made of brass, and its springy tongue produces bright and distinct sound. The Red Indian draws attention with its unique appearance. Due to its original design, this instrument will be an excellent gift for each connoisseur. It has accumulated the best characteristics of Glazyrin’s instruments. The jew’s harp Red Indian is a real find for practice of meditation and background music arrangement. Its rhythm and wide range of sound are designed to stimulate interest to ethnic culture of each individual who will have the chance to hear its unmatched timber.
With the jew’s harp Red Indian, one can produce exceptional sounds and overtones. It responds to the slightest touch of the tongue. It has a rather simple construction: the tongue freely vibrates within an immovable foundation. While playing on jew’s harp, this sound gains volume and strength by resonating from oral cavity. The timbral sound alters while changing the mouth position during rapid or short breathing. The sound of the jew’s harp Red Indian is higher than the Snake’s one. Also, if we compare these two jew’s harps, the Red Indian is more demanding on the playing technique. Thus, both an experienced jew’s harp player and a beginner will be able to approach perfection.
The brass Red Indian gives all necessary resources for fantasy and improvisation to a jew’s harp player. With its help, you will not only get aesthetic pleasure, but also satisfy the most exquisite musical taste. It will add charisma to your stage image and give the audience a state of blissful pleasure.
Jew’s harp Sahara
Jew’s Harp Aria is a beautiful and unique musical instrument that extracts low-frequency vibrations. This high quality jaw harp represents a lighter version of a bass instrument, which is perfect for both fast-paced playing and sound meditations. Visually, Aria showcases the heritage of a traditional khomus. The base of the instrument is made out of a metal plate with a beautifully engraved image of ethereal woman.
The mechanism of this quality jaw harp is unique and allows to expose the diversity of musical overtones. The reason for this sound uniqueness is the shortened gap between the tongue and the base, whilst the base itself is attached to the metal frame. The Aria’s Jew’s Harp tongue is stable and withstands blows in both directions. The weighting at the bottom of the instrument reduces vibration damping. Altogether, it creates a sharp, clear and energetic sound, which harmonically matches the exquisite aesthetic of this Aria khomus.
Aria is a wonderful and inimitable musical instrument, which can be utilized by both beginners and professionals of jew’s harp players. The friendly price of such instrument gives it another benefit. It offers a perfect combination of high quality and budget friendly price, which makes it a valuable addition for a musician of any skill and level of proficiency. The Aria jew’s harp is often obtained by art collectors and can serve as a very sophisticated piece of interior design.
Dance in the style of tribal style fusion to harp music.
For the crown, harps were used: Compass, Wave, Uranus, and Batman. The necklace is made of engraved harps: Mongol, Samurai. Bracelet with a Cricket harp.
As a sounds of the human voice any musical composition has a special sound brightness and saturation. It’s known that some people have mainly “steel” shades in sound-producing and the other have more softly ones. These differences in sounds are due to the number and intensity of overtones. It’s not often you meet two people with identical voices.
Coloring the sound with overtones is called a timbre. A timbre helps us to obtain maximum sound expressiveness; with its help, people single out individual components, and use a wonderful opportunity to play on contrasts. That is why every musician is a dramatist in the world of sounds.
Timbral colorings of sounds differ in quantity and strength of overtones, which color the sounding besides the fundamental tone. The more overtones fill the main tone the more pleasant to hear a sound timbre.
The fundamental tone in charge of this pitch is the main, while the others are overtones. There are also harmonic overtones. In the boundless ocean of musical art such name have a secondary «high» sounds, which are similar in frequency with the main tone. Sometimes these frequencies do not match. In this case we talk about non-harmonic overtone. In short, that is a very big difference in sounding of the main and the secondary sounds.
Depending on which of the sound’s overtones stands out more, one or another timbre of the sound is obtained. Difference in timbre of musical instruments and voices occurs through their ability to amplify sound.
Variety of the character of humans voice sounds is explained by human’s ability to change positioning of the movable parts of the resonators. The fundamental tone and the overtones appear due to vocal cords. The resonator here is the mouth cavity. It might be also a nasopharynx. With a change of sound producing variations, the timbre of the voice changes too. The resonator is an empty space bounded by walls. This is a cavity of a certain shape and size. Some overtones get higher through the resonator and the other get lower. Therefore, we hear loud sounds. Similar situation occurs while playing consonants, which consist of the main tone and the overtones, which changing in resonating cavities. In this way, sonorous and noisy consonants appear.
Jew’s harp is a reed instrument, one of the oldest musical instruments. Its appearance has been recorded in different parts of the world. Each nation has given it its own name. Despite the similarity of the structure, the nations of the world could not come to a single name for this instrument. (More details in the article History of the Jew’s harp’s Origin.) This instrument has reached our days almost unchanged. Its structure remains the same across cultures, only its appearance changes.
Despite the simplicity of its structure, the jew’s harp is notable for the complexity of playing technique. It is necessary to make oscillatory movements of the reed so that the reed does not touch either other parts of the jew’s harp or teeth. The difficulty lies in reproducing a rhythmic melody, combining different timbres of both the jew’s harp and the natural human resonators that are used while playing. Directing the sound to the head, the performer can use the nasal resonator. With the addition of singing, the chest resonator will come into play. (For more information, see the Playing Technique article.)
In ancient times, jew’s harps were used for meditation and to purify human spirit. Nowadays it is also used for the aesthetic pleasure of melodies. Modern musicians are experimenting in search of new sounds. For example, some jew’s harp performers interpret famous tunes, improvisation with beatboxing (see video example). Or they improvise together with DJ’s at club parties. These combinations of ancient and modern trends allow us to call the jew’s harp a musical instrument of our century.
As for Glazyrin’s jew’s harps, they are a modern modification of ancient lamellar reed instruments. Master Glazyrin managed to embody the richness of sound timbre, simplicity of form and attractive appearance in one product. (article about us)
We present to your attention a creative photo session based on shamanic culture. In the photo, the new harp is a Red Indian. Photographer is Irina Voinkova.
"Big shamans" are shamans who have practical knowledge, experience, and influence of people. Thanks to his intelligence and strong character, the shaman could occupy a prominent social position. The shaman was also an expert in the culture of his people, a Keeper of traditions and folklore, and a master of the word. It was believed that his speech should please the ears of not only people, but also spirits. By the way, the shaman's poetic and oratorical talent served as a sure sign of his connection with spirits for others. According to the beliefs of many peoples, spirits love a bright and imaginative word, and therefore endow their chosen ones with eloquence. Combining the poetic gift with the knowledge of myths and legends, the shaman was essentially a folk storyteller, an artist in the broadest sense of the word. He was very good with a tambourine or other musical instrument. Shamanic rites were a kind of dramatic action that had a specific scenario.