Music Lessons

“Music is our life, a life that we would like to share with you. Besides the concerts and treatments we can share our knowledge of music and singing with you, through private sessions or in groups.”

Marijn has more than 10 years of experience in West-African drumming working with great masters like Mamady Keïta, Sidiki Camara and Ibrahima Sarr (djembé, dunun, Khassonké, N'goni, Balafon). Numerous workshops and trainings over the years in Didgeridoo, ethnic flutes, guitar, etc ... give him the opportunity to give you solid support in your musical journey.

Juanita is a skilled singer and also plays several ethnic instruments and the guitar.

No sheet music is used but we teach to 'feel' with your whole body. It's about more than listening, about letting the music, the rhythm come in and becoming a channel for the music that is everywhere around you. And about filter it through your unique antenna: your body and spirit. You have a unique way to translate the music through your body, your emotions, your story ... This is the foundation for the music lessons that we teach.

These sessions can be attended individually or you can get together with a few people to book a session for small groups. You can also take on the Soundhealing formation where you’ll learn to play a wide range of native and ethnic instruments.


The lessons we offer

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African Percussion (Djembé, Dunun, Khassonké)

Rhythm is the application of structure in the endless creative field of sound, a basis for playing any other instrument. I provide a djembé for you and help you obtain more structure in your life through the effective and yet subtle teachings of rhythm. Besides private lessons you can attend our group sessions.


Make music intuitively

Learning to play music from your intuition, for people with or without musical experience! Surprise yourself, let yourself be moved, feel relaxation and new inspiration flow through you. Learning to listen to spontaneous impulses. Learn to trust your natural intuition more.

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You feel carried by the creative flow that moves through you and play with your unique talents. You choose from an arsenal of instruments (drums, flutes, shrutibox, bells, singing bowls, hang etc), the instrument that calls you, the sounds that resonate with your state of mind in that moment. With this instrument you translate your feeling into creativity and feel the descend of inspiration. You communicate very intuitively with your instrument.  Melodies arise spontaneously and perhaps a song will bubble up.


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Didgeridoo

The didgeridoo originates from North-East Arnhem in Northern Australia. Traditionally the didgeridoo is used as an instrument for guidance of dance ceremonies. Just like for example the Djembe in West Africa. This hollow blowpipe is a eucalyptus trunk that has been hollowed out by termites. Playing the didgeridoo requires a special breathing technique: circular breathing, in which the mouth is used as a bellows so there is no interruption in the sound during inhalation.

During these workshops I teach you the blowing technique (placement of the lips, and the strength of the blowing), as well as the technique of circular breathing. There are many other techniques in which sounds of animals are imitated as well as trumpet sounds that can be learned at a later stage. The sound of the didgeridoo is very rich in overtones and with its low vibrations it is a very healing tool to play above a person's body. The breathing and the constant deep sounds of the instrument ensure that the player easily dwells in a meditative state or light trance.

If you do not have a didgeridoo yet, I provide one for you to use during the lessons. For the workshops in group I use plastic tubes as practice material, which are extremely suitable.


Guitar

My father taught me how to play the guitar. It was my first instrument and I have always continued to play it throughout the years. The soft sound of a guitar along with the voice, makes you instantly turn into a singer / songwriter. I teach you how to play the guitar  based on chord progressions.

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Flutes

Learn to control the spirits of the wind by playing the flute. Feel which sounds and techniques are suitable for you. I can accompany you on Quenna from South America, the Lakota flute from North America, the Peuhl flute from Mali.

A good flute to start with is the Lakota flute. This flute of the Lakota Indians always appeals to the imagination when hearing its magical sounds. You can learn how to play this flute very quickly. It is a very intuitive tool that can serve as a translator for your soul language.

An old saying of the Lakota about this flute: 'play the horizon'. And that says it all. You look at the vast horizon and play everything you see and feel. After a few lessons you will be able to play this flute and you can start playing your unique story.


Overtone singing

The overtone singing is part of our fixed sound healing repertoire. The Tuvian Throat singing we learned at Nestor Kornblum and Maarten Adriaensen. We would also like to pass on this unique way of using the voice to you.

In overtone singing a fixed fundamental tone is used and positioning of the tongue, throat and mouth creates new tones on top of the fundamental note.


Jawharp

This special instrument, which you can find everywhere in the world (India, Mongolia, Thailand, ...) plays a special role in our sound healing sessions and ceremonies. It touches the higher regions in the Corona in a subtle way. A very complementary musical instrument in addition to overtone singing. We teach you everything you need to know to start to let this special instrument accompany you on your path.


NGONI

The West-African lute. One of my all-time favourites. An instrument that connects the sky and the earth in your heart and belly.

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