BELLY HARP™ (16 strings)
Inspired by our daughter’s first pregnancy, I decided to design a musical instrument that could play gentle, pleasing sounds directly to the baby “in utero”.
To watch a video explaining and demonstrating the Belly Harp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hznGf1Ng9qY&t=1s
It’s been known for years that babies in the womb hear or sense sounds, both inside and outside the mother’s body. My assumption was that the mother’s belly would essentially become a part of the sound chamber, and that the gentle sound vibrations would be transmitted to the baby.
Our daughter found playing the Belly Harp very relaxing and after a while, noticed that the baby moved a lot more when she was playing. We now have three, very musical, creative and amazing grandchildren, and they have always responded very positively and joyfully to the sounds of the Belly Harp, as well as to the Celtic Harp, didgeridoo, kalimba, and musical sounds in general. We have also received lots of amazing feedback from other women who have acquired our Pregnancy Harps.
Aside from its use with pregnant women, the Belly Harp is also being used in other frameworks- both for its musical and therapeutic value- the calming effect of its gentle tones. The Belly Harp is tuned to a Pentatonic (5 tone) scale, so that the sounds are always harmonious and pleasing. These types of scales are used in traditional and folk music throughout the world.
We now have four models of the Belly Harp, which are available in two shades, chestnut and walnut. All of the Belly Harp come with a tuning key included, as well as an explanation of how to keep it in tune.
Michal Hoffman-Shababo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hznGf1Ng9qY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngwv-n59Gd8 Katie, from Hong Kong, playing her Belly Harp