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Egyptian Harp

The ancient Egyptians had two different styles of harps: the more portable “shoulder” harp and the larger “bow” harp. Both of these could be played using the one-handed and two-handed playing techniques. Many ancient Egyptian paintings prominently featured harps, proving that music was important to the civilization.

The Ancient Egyptian harps varied greatly in form, size,
and the number of their strings. They are represented in the
ancient paintings with 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 20, 21,
and 22 strings.

A few examples of found and depicted Ancient Egyptian harps
are listed below:
• The tomb of Debhen from Giza [c. 2550 BCE] depicts two
bow harps, with well defined sound bodies.
• A huge bow harp is depicted in a relief from the tomb of
Seshemnofer [Giza, 5th Dynasty, c. 2500 BCE].
• A bow harp is depicted in a scene from the tomb of Ti [c.
2400 BCE] at Sakkara.
• A bow harp is depicted in the Ptah-hotep tomb [c. 2400
BCE]. The scene shows 2-tone playing [also see page 73].
• A harp is depicted in a relief from the tomb of Nekauhor
[2390 BCE, Sakkara, now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New
York]. The scene shows 3-tone playing of music [also see
page 73-4].
• 5 harp players in polyphonic playing are depicted in
Idut’s tomb, [c. 2320 BCE] at Sakkara.
• The wife of the deceased Mereruka [c. 2290 BCE] is shown
playing a large harp in Mereruka’s tomb in Sakkara. She
is playing two different strings of the harp—polyphony
Read more about Egyptian Harps here.

Healthy Healing Music

Music is one of the few activities that involves using the whole brain. It is intrinsic to all cultures and can have surprising benefits not only for learning language, improving memory and focusing attention, but also for physical coordination and development.

Effective therapy for pain

Overall, music does have positive effects on pain management. Music can help reduce both the sensation and distress of both chronic pain and postoperative pain.

Listening to music can reduce chronic pain from a range of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis, by up to 21% and depression by up to 25%, according to a paper in the latest UK-based Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Music therapy is increasingly used in hospitals to reduce the need for medication during childbirth, to decrease postoperative pain and complement the use of anesthesia during surgery.

Reducing blood pressure

By playing recordings of relaxing music every morning and evening, people with high blood pressure can train themselves to lower their blood pressure – and keep it low31. According to research reported at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans, listening to just 30 minutes of classical, Celtic or raga music every day may significantly reduce high blood pressure.

Medicine for the heart

Music is good for your heart. Research shows that it is musical tempo, rather than style. Italian and British researchers32recruited young men and women, half of whom were trained musicians. The participants slipped on head phones and listened to six styles of music, including rap and classical pieces, with random two-minute pauses.

Read more about the ways music can help you feel better here 

Success through Stillness

Pick up a few gems and jokes that were dropped during this interview with Russell Simmons. An index of the topics covered can be found below.

1:12 – Russell’s Book: Success Through Stillness
2:20 – The Art of Meditation
7:43 – Russell’s Sex Life
12:39 – Russell on the ’N’ word
19:21 – Russell on Kanye West
27:53 – Russell’s Ex’s
33:40 – Not Giving up on Your Dreams
36:29 – Amina Buddafly
44:25 – Gay A.A.C.P
51:35 – Black Hollywood Slave Movies

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