A Newsletter for Gong Players & Gong Dharma Students

Monthly Spotlight

Welcome to our first newsletter for Gong Players and students of my on-line course, Gong Dharma. Please forward this to other gong friends and let’s build a community of gong players and teachers around the world!
Gong On!
Gong Dharma Graduate Spotlight
"I have been playing the Gong since 2011 and Mehtab’s course answered key questions I had come up after studying with many other accomplished teachers in this field.  His course was clear, concise, very easy to understand and follow. Through this course I now have an even deeper understanding of this wondrous instrument and new tools to add to my Sound Healing toolbox."
-- Marie Suk
Marie Suk is a Vibrational Sound Healing Practitioner, Psychic and Holistic Life Coach located in Rocky Point, NY. Not your typical psychic, Marie reads energy and channels messages that go hand and hand with Sound Healing sessions utilizing a large collection of Gongs, Singing Bowls (both Crystal and Tibetan), and many other Sound Healing instruments.
Gong of the Month: The Octagong
Always in search of the unusual, magnificent and intriguing gongs, we will look at one of the ordinary and extraordinary gongs in this column each month.


When does a gong have eight sides? When it is made by Martin Blase, master gong maker in Germany. I obtained this gong from Martin last summer in his studio after hearing its amazing sound.

My wife says the sound of the Octogong shatters old patterns and paradigms due to its flattened corners and I must agree with her (because I am a smart man!).

Martin joked when I asked why he made an eight-sided Gong with flat edges. “Some people say that the earth is flat and gongs are round. I say the earth is round and some gongs can be flat.”  Well, the translation may have been a little rough, but I was happy to get my flat edge gong – the Octagong!
Gong Q & A
Mehtab, what is the best size gong for a beginner to play?
(Brittany, Los Angeles)
Not too big, not too small. Most beginners will find that a 28” to 32” (70-80 cm) Gong is the easiest to manage. Smaller gongs are great but they do tend to move around quite a bit and their sound can seem a little shrill if they are overplayed. Larger gongs take more work to move all that metal around and can become overwhelming if played too strongly.

(Having said this, my first gong was 24” and several students have grown into their new 36” gong very well over time.)
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