Music Is Medicine

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Music is Medicine contributes to the field of music, energy and spirituality by highlighting the practical implications of utilizing music to shift our perceptions and expand our awareness.

Through an intimate sharing of his own personal transformations and mind-opening encounters with indigenous cultures, Martin provides a candid and compelling account of the unique power of music and takes the reader on an inner journey to create a paradigm shift of our awareness, perception and consciousness, rediscover our cosmic memory and access the sacred wisdom of the Master within each of us.

Music is Medicine offers a refreshing yet timeless perspective where each of us becomes the phenomena of healing sounds as we open ourselves to unlimited possibilities.

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Learn to Play the Adungu


The Adungu is an arched bow harp made from wood and cowhide. It is played by both the Alur and Acholi people; the Alur live in Northwestern Uganda and Northeastern Congo and the Acholi live in Northern Uganda. It is a versatile instrument. It is simple enough that a novice may play it with limited musical background and yet a master can make it sound like three or four people are playing at the same time.

This instructional book will give you the basics so you can play this beautiful instrument.

  • Includes:
  • Cultural context of music in traditional Acholi an
  • Excerpts from Music is Medicine: Accessing Wisdom from the Master Within
  • Written Notation for Melodic and Bass Adungus in two styles, Traditional Western Notation and Modern Box notation
  • Six Exercises to get your fingers familiar with strings.
  • Access to MP3s for Exercises One through Six and separate melodic and bass adungu tracks for two songs by Martin Klabunde
  • Access to MP3s for two complete rhythms written by Martin Klabunde

This book comes with access to Exercise and Song mp3’s.  

West African Rhythms Sourcebook

This book is intended to be a guide to learning how to play the djembe well as learning about the djembe music of Guinea and Mali, West Africa. There are ten rhythms in each volume. The introduction provides the cultural context for the rhythms. Notation is given for three djembe lines, traditional Doundounba, Sangban and Kenkeni lines (each with a bell line), modern ballet style for the Doundouns, and Introductions, ensemble breaks and enchauffements as well as transitions between rhythms.

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