This experiential and fun workshop is aimed at those new and relatively new to the harmonium with the aim of being able to play and sing Kirtan chants. This might be for your own personal practice, to share with your family or, in time, to lead a public Kirtan.
To begin the workshop we will spend a short while getting to know the instrument and learning how to navigate the keyboard as smoothly and easily as possible. We will look at the different ways of playing the harmonium and learn about playing chords and also chord inversions which can make life a lot easier for us. We will learn to play a few simple chants and begin to see how easily we can play any number of chants once we have grasped the basics and know a few chords! You will be provided with a chant sheet to go away and practice with and support you in the coming weeks and months. This workshop is only the beginning as there is no substitute for practice!
In order to break up the day and give ourselves time to absorb our harmonium practice the workshop will be punctuated one or two simple vocal practices. These practices aim at strengthening our witness consciousness, which in this context is the ability to become a neutral observer of our own voice. Many of us have fear, anxiety and judgement about our voices so by strengthening the ‘witness’ we begin to let go of the mental reactivity and simple enjoy our voices for the beautiful expression that they are. To lead Kirtan we need to sing from the heart, allowing our love and devotion to flow freely, unhindered by the unhelpful chatter of the mind.
This is a small group limited to just six participants so advanced booking is essential. Priority will be given to those who have their own harmonium but if you don’t have one but would still like to attend please do get in contact as I do have one spare harmonium.
Tim Chalice has been leading Kirtan for over 10 years, appearing at many bhakti and yoga festivals, gatherings and retreats, as well as releasing two Kirtan CDs. Tim is also a Naked Voice Graduate and has trained to facilitate the transformative Naked Voice practices.
The Light House, 145 Robertson Road, Eastville, Bristol, BS5 6LB