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The Story

I began playing percussion as a youngster out of pure frustration. The flute meant I had to play rhythms and melodies - too hard!

As I gained in my musical education, I learned to play keyboard percussion, and I fell in love with the possibilities of creation! I later discovered the wonders of Middle Eastern music, and dabbled in microtones on the Iranian santur.

I joined a unique troupe of dancers and musicians, and as Music Facilitator, I dedicated five years to sharing my passion for drumming and expanding beyond traditional Western boundaries. More, this group began my journey into the therapeutic aspects of music, as its sole mission was to bring about peace and healing to the audience.

Following in this spirit, I trained through The Music for Healing and Transition Program to become certified as a Music Practitioner. I am the first Music Practitioner to be certified on handpan! Worldwide, I am the only CMP utilizing this beautiful instrument!

The Musician

Lyndsey Blythe, Certified Music Practitioner

Music is much more than my livelihood; it has become a method of self-care, of healthy expression, of community.

Music may at times seem complex or intimidating, and sometimes it is! I have learned to appreciate the infinite patterns, and to relish the opportunity to be a perpetual student. I used to have quite a collection of world instruments that I didn't necessarily know how to play, but found fascinating. It is with this childlike curiosity that I approach music. With so many instruments across the globe, so many voices to speak this universal language, there will always be a new discovery, an "aha!" moment, a connection with musicians and audiences.

When I play for a patient, I am not performing. My intention is to be entirely present, to focus on their needs. By doing this, I remove my own worries from the equation, and allow the music to flow through me. This is when I feel most empowered!

I am so blessed to have found this line of work where I can pursue my love of music while I offer others compassionate presence and healing!

The Instrument

I play a melodic percussion instrument related to the steel drum. The general term for this instrument is "handpan" but this particular manufacturer calls this one Spacedrum.

It is tuned in a chromatic scale, from C-c, totaling 13 notes arranged in a very specific way, to harmoniously blend overtones and sympathetic vibrations.

The unique flying saucer shape of the handpan forms a Helmholtz Resonator, which negates dissonant frequencies, and naturally amplifies the vibrations of the steel. Further, this handpan is tuned to 432 hz, which is in harmony with Earth's own frequency! Choosing this instrument came naturally to me - I believe it is entirely quintessential in my personal expression of therapeutic music. Patients and colleagues have described the sound as “heavenly” “ethereal” and “magical” - as if they have been transported to a different realm! I invite you to schedule a virtual Therapeutic Music Session to experience it for yourself!

The Brand

Blythe Beats is more than my name brand - it is the very joy with which I play my music!

Though I began making music under this name, I have expanded to manufacturing my own line of frame drums and melodic percussion.

I offer a variety of Services including Therapeutic Music Sessions, Educational Presentations, Drum Crafting Workshops, Drum Repair, and Rhythm Classes.

Thank you for allowing me to share the good vibrations that make up Blythe Beats!

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