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What is a Monochord?

Background and first versions

The origin of the Monochord can be traced back to Pythagoras when he used various hammers to produce sound with the help of the smiths.

When the strings were stretched, they produced sounds at mathematical intervals. They helped each other with different sounds and “harmonies” created between intervals.

Throughout history, this magnificent instrument has evolved, being redesigned and adapted to different styles, sizes, and uses, such as the Quadrichord (four strings), Dichord (two strings), and Monochord (one string).

The Monochord is a musical instrument with a single string that accompanies the monody in unison. It can be classified in the group of pinched and rubbed chordophones. The name derives from the Latin terms mono = one, and cordum = rope.

It is not an esoteric instrument.

The Monochord is a musical instrument based on mathematical science, but at the same time it is a therapeutic instrument, emitting sound, vibration and relaxing frequency.

Its sound spectrum can be felt throughout the body. It is very sensitive and delicate when played properly. The Monochord can be used optimally in therapies, meditations or at concerts.

Currently, doctors, philosophers and scientists have studied this musical instrument to identify its benefits.

This instrument has been used for sound therapy since the 1980s.

Advantages of playing the Monochord

It helps improve hand mobility in patients with arthritis, rheumatism and Parkinson’s disease.

  • The instrument helps relieve various types of ailments such as contractures or fractures in the body, hip pain, sciatica, bronchial, menstrual, fertility and urinary tract.
  • It balances the first through fifth chakras.
  • The Monochord connects deeply with the fourth Anahata (heart) chakra.
  • Its sound helps to establish a deep connection with our inner BEING with motivation for self-knowledge.
  • The instrument connects us to our emotions, develops greater sensitivity in us and removes physical, emotional and mental blockages.
  • Through its resonance, our body reaches subtle and deep levels of relaxation, which enable well-being.

The aim of this training is to convey the advantages and techniques of the Monochord in a professional manner. You develop the ability to handle the Monochord correctly and to combine your different technical and therapeutic skills with sensitivity and creativity with this instrument. Imagine a versatile instrument whose surround sound helps us restore balance and improve our physical, mental and spiritual health.

Professional level

Graduates of the training courses offered by the IES are free to use their degree to offer massage and sound harmonization therapies to patients in health care institutions, holistic centers or any other location that allows it.

An IES Certified Sound therapist is committed to use the knowledge and skills acquired ethically and responsibly. He recognizes that experience and good practice come from improving and perfecting the technique.

The Spanish Institute of Sound Therapy has registers in the Spanish Ministry of Institutions and in other European institutions and associations. These registers are not transferable to IES students.




26 January, 2022


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