I would like to introduce you to the Kinnor, or Davidic Harp as found in many verses of the Bible. There have been many forms of the Kinnor through the ages but they all center around a small portable multi-stringed instrument that has the different strings tuned to different notes or frequencies and music is produced from it with the fingers plucking a string tuned to the desired note. There are actually 3 different Hebrew words used for harp.
1) Kinnor – from the root word that refers to a “twang” sound – usually used for what we today call a Davidic Harp. These can have anywhere from 7 to 20 strings or more depending on the builder of the instrument. An interesting side is not that in modern Hebrew, the word Kinnor refers to the violin.
2) Nevel – from the root word for gourd – referring to the hollow sound box of this larger harp that also has more volume and more strings.
3) Asor – from the description of 10 strings – referring to a specific Kinnor that has 10 strings specifically.
Psalm 144:9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee. (Some translations use the word “lyre” as well.)
Psalm 92:1-4 A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
There are many other verses that could be included here, but I wanted to emphasize the 10-stringed Kinnor or Asor as it is known in these two verses of Psalms.
Some students of history believe that David’s Kinnor may have only had 7 strings because of the significance of the number 7 biblically. The number 7 represents creation, the colors of the rainbow, seven days in a week, seven years of a sabbatical cycle, etc. Other rabbis believe that the harps to be played in the Messianic Kingdom will have 8 strings which will be able to reach a higher and deeper level. Then in the World to Come, the 10-string harp that the two Psalms talk about will be the ultimate level of comprehending the divine. (Notes from “What is the Significance of King David’s Harp?” by Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin on the Chabad.org website.)
One of the reasons we call the Kinnor the Davidic Harp is because it is easy to see him carrying one around as he tends the sheep in the pastures. Since it is small and light it would be easy to transport, and it wouldn’t be necessary to have a very loud volume since he would usually be playing it to himself. The design is quite rugged so it could stand up to some abuse of knocking into rocks and trees during the day and still be able to give a pleasant sound when plucked.
I have many people ask me if I make the Davidic harps and I have made a few 10-string ones. The music that I do sounds best with more strings and deeper notes, so I use the modern Nevel for my recordings. However, I was blessed to be introduced to a craftsman named Richard Hale who lives in Indiana and saw some of his masterpieces. He makes Davidic Harps of all different string counts and sizes. He does custom work, and his carvings and decorations are amazing. I have agreed to put his information onto this page so that if any of you readers are interested in a custom Davidic Harp, you can contact him.
I am excited to announce the release of my newest Harp CD “All Nature Sings.” For several years now, I have been asked to produce a relaxing harp music CD that has nature sounds in the background. This spring I purchased a sensitive sound recorder and began to capture different sounds from the different places we were visiting: beautiful songbirds from our backyard in Mississippi; thunderstorm sounds from Kentucky; night sounds from Iowa; geese and loons from Wisconsin; and river sounds from Colorado.
When I went to California in July to record with Gene LeSage, we started to put “sounds together with some tracks I was laying down with the harp. As we combined the various tracks, I became more and more excited with the combination of the studio and the wilds of America. The result is this new album – “All Nature Sings”. I hope and pray that you will find this album a beautiful restful addition to the calming harp music that I make available.
I also want to add a note here: Gene and His lovely wife Linda lost their home and recording studio in the tragic fire that tore through Paradise, California this fall. I’m not sure if Gene is going to be able to rebuild. I just want to ask you all to be in prayer for them as they deal with all the decisions that they are going to have to make in these coming months. Gene is largely responsible for the expertise that goes into capturing the sounds of the Calming Harp and I hope and pray that we can continue to work together in the years to come.
I want to thank you all for the support I have received and the interest generated on the subject of the Tabernacle Prayer Frequencies. I have just published an article in three different journals over the last 2 months and have had requests from several more for the possibility of publishing with them. Because of the wide spread interest that is being generated on this subject, I have decided that I will make that article available here on this website. It will be a PDF file you can download by clicking this link that adds the article to our cart. The article is free, but you need to fill out the order form with your information to receive it. It is 9 pages – not too long, but I believe you will be blessed with the information contained in it; and please feel free to share it with others – that’s how we get the word out!
The first quarter of 2017 is going to be a busy – full – enriching time for us here at Calming Harp. We are releasing this article first of all. Then in a few weeks I will be introducing you to the music of a couple of my dear friends who are on the same page as I am in the frequency studies that I have been sharing. Some of the seminal discoveries on the harmonic scales that correspond with each frequency were made together with them in their living room up in Canada several years back.
The third item that I am really excited about is that we will be releasing another CD titled “The Keys of David” which is a presentation of 7 different Psalms of David and the music that comes from them. Of course they are all recorded in 528 Hz frequency and I pray will be a blessing to all. Keep watching and – Stay Tuned! 🙂
I have been asked frequently about the other five frequencies that accompany the 528Hz frequency in the total Solfeggio Frequency array. Just last week I was asked by one of my listeners in a comment they made so I promised them I would write a post on that subject to explain in more detail how things come together.
There are six frequencies that have been designated by many as the Solfeggio Frequencies. They are as follows: 396Hz – 417Hz – 528Hz – 639Hz – 741Hz – 852Hz. I will take each one separately to explain in more detail how to work with each one.
Each frequency is the “anchoring” frequency around which a harmonic scale is built. All of the harmonic scales that accompany these frequencies are corresponding to tuning your instrument to the A = 444Hz rather than the 440Hz. You cannot play any music that we would appreciate by just playing the six Solfeggio Frequency together – it would not sound harmonious. You could play something, but it would be very discordant – at least in my opinion.
So lets look at the 396Hz frequency first. The harmonic scale around which you play in this frequency would be tuned as follows: A – Bb – C – D – Eb – F – G This gives you the key of B flat. Your major chords would be Bb – F – and Eb and your minor chords would be C minor – D minor – and G minor. If you were to play the 396Hz frequency as a droning note throughout a piece you were playing with this key, the note would always be in harmony with whatever chords you were playing.
Next comes the 417Hz frequency. The harmonic scale would be tuned as follows: A# – B – C# – D# – E – F# – G#, which would place you in the key of B natural which would give you the major chords of B – E – and F# and the minor chords would be C# minor – D# minor – and G# minor. Once again, the 417Hz frequency droned would harmonize with all the music played in this key.
The next frequency is the main healing frequency in which I record most of my music. It is the 528Hz frequency and it is tuned in to the F major key which is tuned as follows: A – Bb – C – D – E – F – G. An interesting aspect about this frequency is that you can also tune in the Bb to a B natural giving you the C major key and I find that some of the Psalms sound better in C major and some sound better in F major. In F major, you have the major chords of F – Bb – and C and the minor chords of G minor – A minor – and D minor. In the key of C major you have the major chords of C – F – and G and the minor chords of D minor – E minor – and A minor.
The frequency of 639Hz brings us back to the key of B natural with the tuning of : A# – B – C# – D# – E – F# – G#. The chords are also the same as we noted above.
The 741Hz frequency gives us a new key for the harmonic scale. It is the key of A natural. It is tuned as follows: A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G# and it has the major chords of A – E – and D and the minor chords of B minor – C minor – and F minor.
The final frequency of 852Hz brings us back to the harmonic scale tuned as follows: A# – b – C# – D# – E – F# – G#, which brings us back to the key of B natural with the same chords once again as noted above.
I have recorded a CD titled Tabernacle Prayer which has music recorded in each of these frequencies. I recommend that you purchase the book that is suggested to be included with the CD so that you can read for more understanding about where these frequencies come from and how I believe they were designed to impact our lives.
I hope this explanation has shed a little more light on how these frequencies are harmonized with the harmonic scales and chord keys so that you can begin to play with some music of your own creation and experiment with finding how the various frequencies can effect your lives and the lives of others.
Thank you for your continued interest and support – Steve
I have been getting a lot of questions from readers on what type of harp is referred to in the Scriptures. Many who ask this question are focused on following the Scriptural model and want to make sure that if they are going to play a harp, they want it to be the right one. This is a really good question, but it requires a bit of explanation and it actually has several answers.
There are two words for harp in the Hebrew language. The first is Kinnor which is a smaller more personal instrument that has from 5 to 15 strings on which to play. A couple of the Psalms refer to the 10 string Kinnor, and that I believe has led many to believe that that is the truly Scriptural harp. Some call it the Davidic harp because it is believed that David played the 10 string Kinnor.
The Jewish Talmud even has a reference to the 10 string Kinnor returning just before Messiah comes; so many believe that unless a person is playing on a 10 string Kinnor, they are not playing a real biblical harp. I have had many people ask me if I could make a Davidic harp, and I just completed one so I could demonstrate it to those who are interested.
The second word for harp in Hebrew is Nevel. It refers to a larger instrument that has a sound box. The number of strings placed on this model is not definite. I believe that David may have invented the Nevel because in 1 Chronicles it says he invented instruments for the priests to play in the temple and the word Nevel is used many times throughout the Psalms so David clearly knew what a Nevel was. There have been some archaeological finds recently that show pictures of a Nevel that date close to David’s time so I am convinced that He played a Nevel.
There are some who believe that a Nevel should have 22 strings so that there is one string for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In fact, Micah Harrari (House of Harrari) makes such a harp with a Hebrew letter carved by each string. This allows a novice musician to play a song from the Hebrew text of any Psalm by just playing the string next to the letter that matches the letter that they are reading in the Psalm.
The reality is however that there is no mention in Scripture of how many strings a Nevel has. Further, there are only 7 notes to play before you get to the 8th note which is a repeat of the first note, just an octave higher. So no matter if you have 22 strings or 33 strings, you are going to have the same notes – just the 33 string harp will have more octaves to play with for a greater range and selection.
Many readers ask which modern harp would be a good one to buy that is a good balance between having enough octaves and reasonable cost as well as portability. I have to say that I am particularly impressed with the Harpsicle made by William Rees in Indiana – USA (go to www.harpsicle.com) This is a 26 string harp and you can get it with full sharping levers or partial. One called the Sharpsicle has enough levers for 4 different keys and cost about $600 plus shipping. I have one myself and it is a great starter harp with good sound – you can see me using it on the first 3 lessons on my youtube channel (see link below). It is also very good for traveling as it can fit into the overhead bin in the airplane and I have had no trouble taking it through the security check lines.
My all time favorite is the Voyager Harp that I make from a kit available from Music Makers in Minnesota. It is one of the best harps for the money that I have found and has 33 strings for great range and selection. It is also only 22 pounds so it is very easy to transport. My personal Voyager has been serving me well for over 9 years and has traveled around the US several times. I keep a sleeping bag over it so it doesn’t get too banged or scratched.
I recommend tuning your harp to the 528Hz for best sound and results. I explain how to tune to this in my lesson on tuning. Basically you will calibrate your electronic tuner to 444Hz instead of 440Hz. This will make your C note a 528Hz instead of 523Hz. All the other notes will harmonize just fine.
Playing the music of the Psalms can be performed on any of these instruments. There is a slightly different technique between the Nevel and the Kinnor. It may take a little time to get used to how the strings are laid out, but with a little time spent, you will soon be producing a pleasing sound. I hope my lessons on YouTube will be of use to you in the process.
I hope this will be helpful to some of you asking these questions of what harp to get and where to get it from. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to write and ask.
On the Shabbat of January 10, 2015 I had the opportunity to share the teaching I have developed on the Music Frequencies found in the scriptures of Numbers 7:12-83 and how they apply to the Hebrew alphabet characters from Psalm 119. I have already posted an abbreviated version of this teaching on YouTube, but this teaching is more detailed and many are sharing it on Facebook, so I thought I would make it available to those who are following this website. It is a fascinating idea to think that we can bring music out of the Hebrew text of the Psalms and other passages and discover the relationships between the words and the sounds. This is how much of the music that I have available as samples on this site has come about. I am hoping some of you will join me in exploring the possibilities of this music with different instruments and approaches of interpretations of the chord progressions found within the Hebrew text.