what is tuning fork

what is tuning fork & it’s types

Continuing the series of articles on sound therapy as a healing tool, today I am going to delve into tuning forks as a healing tool , how they can be used to tune and balance your mind, body and soul.

Tuning forks have established themselves over the years as an important sound healing tool, so let’s explore a bit about why tuning forks are so effective.

Why use tuning forks?

Tuning forks have gained prominence in the sound healing arts due to their durability. Once a tuning fork is designed to resonate at a certain frequency, it retains that frequency even if it is dropped or dented. The tuning forks are acoustically pure and rich in harmonics. Practitioners strike on the fingerboard, with a trigger, or simply by hitting with their kneecaps (not using too much force) to create a nice timbre sound. When you strike the tuning forks together they release more high pitched tones and ringing so some people prefer the other methods of playing them.

As the science of sound healing has developed over the years to include specific frequencies for brain waves, planets, organs and more, having a specific tuning fork to match any of these frequencies allows us quick access. to these sounds.

Tuning forks are small and portable, and very handy anywhere. They can be played next to a client’s ears or on any part of the body. Weighted tuning forks send a physical vibration through the body and can be placed anywhere the client needs to release tension and achieve balance.

Harmonic Solar Series

The tuning forks in my collection and much of the information I learned about them are from two different sources, on the one hand Hans Cousto, Planetware;

 They are German stainless steel tuned to the planets. The others are by Dr. John Beaulieu, a renowned naturopathic physician, composer, and specialist in sound healing. In his book, Human Tuning, Dr. Beaulieu brilliantly describes the fundamentals of sound healing with tuning forks. Pythagorean tuning is based on the intervals and harmonics found in nature . It is very different from the same tempered tuning we use today. In fact, it is “sharper” than the old Pythagorean setting.

Orchestras tune their instruments to A = 440 Hz and in this case A = 426.7 Hz. Electromagnetic energy flies around us now with cell phones, TV, radio waves, wi-fi, etc. Tuning forks help us return to balance with nature, just like physically being in nature or listening to the waves on the beach….. They have the same effect.

Schumann resonance

All of the tuning forks described below are also tuned to the fundamental frequency of 8 Hertz. This frequency is called the Schumann resonance. It is the natural frequency of the Earth pulse circulating between the planet’s surface and the ionosphere . To make tuning forks audible, the fundamental frequency is multiplied until it is in the range of our hearing. In essence, we are tuning in to the sound of our planet.

The centerpiece of the Pythagorean scale based fingerboard system is the Solar Harmonic series which contains 8 tuning forks based on a C scale, just like the notes Jonathan Goldman uses.

The notes and frequencies are as follows:

▪ C 256Hz

▪ D 288Hz

▪ E 320Hz

▪ F 341.3 Hz

▪ G 384Hz

▪ At 426.7Hz

▪ B 480Hz

▪ C 512Hz

the fifth interval

Each interval has a unique effect on the body and brain. Dr. Beaulieu describes the effect of each interval in detail in his book. He carefully researched the effect of each interval on his brain and body by listening to each one for hours on end, even when he was asleep.

The C 256 fingerboard is played with another pitch to make the desired interval. One of the most important intervals is the fifth interval, accessed by the striking C 256 Hz and G 384 Hz together . The fifth interval is the ideal interval to use to balance the nervous system among other things. Whenever I’ve felt the most anxious or stressed, I’ve listened to the fifth interval, one tuning fork in each ear, and felt my nervous system immediately relax!

The 128 Hz Otto Tuning Fork

The Otto C 128 has weights at the end of the fingerboard (photo below). It is based on the “difference tone” of the Fifth Interval (384 – 256) so it also has the same powerful nervous system balancing effects as playing both C & G tuning forks together. Researchers have found that the use of the Otto 128 tuning fork stimulates the release of nitric oxide in our cells, a molecule that is essential for healthy function.

Practitioners strike the tuning fork in the palm of the hand creating a very strong vibration and low sonic pulse. This tuning fork is often used on the body by placing the small end of the tuning fork on an acupuncture point that releases vibration. Another place where we can use this tuning fork is in the third eye, in the center of the forehead or in the center of the chest. We can also use this tuning fork in conjunction with Tibetan bowls to close a session with a client.

This is just a brief introduction to the world of tuning forks, there will be more articles in the future.
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