Music resonates the body’s energy system – the Seven Chakras. It stimulates these centers, awakening them and releasing the storehouse of creative vital force that is waiting there to be discovered, giving listeners glimpses into the deepest aspects of themselves.
There is a system for attributing specific notes to chakra energy centers. Personally, I feel that this system is arbitrary — the western temperament scale is a relatively recent development compared to the understanding of the chakra energy centers, which were first documented in the Upanishads sometime between 1200–900 BCE. Despite that arbitrariness, the system does seem to have value.
Our bodies are an electric concert of pulsating vibrational frequencies and dynamic rhythmic patterns that move with our emotions and shift with a thought. It seems natural that our organs and chakras uniquely respond to musical pitches. (I can not think of a better example than those non-invasive “sound surgeries” where kidney stones are shattered with pinpointed, high intensity sound waves.)
Aligning notes to chakras interests me; it is perfectly in accord with the principles of a vibrational universe. As Einstein says, “Everything in life is vibration.”
What follows is the list of chakras and their respective notes:
Muladhara: The “Base” or “Root” Chakra, Corresponds to the note “C”, and also the key of C. It is associated with the gonads and the adrenal medulla. Muladhara’s inner aspect governs sexuality, lust and obsession. Read More
Svadisthana: The Sacral Chakra, Corresponds to the note “D”, and also the key of D. It is associated with the testes or the ovaries that produce sex hormones. Svadisthana’s inner aspect relates to creativity and reproduction. Read More.
Manipura: The Solar Plexus Chakra, Corresponds to the note “E”, and also the key of E. It is associated with the Islets of Langerhans, which are groups of cells in the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands and the adrenal cortex. Manipura’s inner aspect relates to personal power, fear and anxiety. Read More.
Anahata: The Heart Chakra, Corresponds to the note “F”, and also the key of F. It is associated with the thymus, a key element of the immune system. Anahata’s inner aspect relates to unconditional love for the self and others. Read More.
Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra, Corresponds to the note “G”, and also the key of G. It is associated with the thyroid, a gland that is produces thyroid hormone, responsible for growth and maturation. Vishuddha’s inner aspect relates to self-expression and communication. Read More.
Ajna: The “Third Eye” Chakra, Corresponds to the note “A”, and also the key of A. It is associated with the pineal gland that secretes the hormone melatonin, regulating sleep and awakening. Ajna’s inner aspect relates to the access of intuition. Read More.
Sahasrara: The Crown Chakra, Corresponds to the note “B”, and also the key of B. It is associated with the pituitary gland, the thalamus and the hypothalamus. Sahasrara’s inner aspect deals with meditation, and unity with universal consciousness. Read More.
Source: Higher Music
When the Crown is opening and flowing, the experience is profound. Feelings of completion and wholeness arrive, along with a deep sense of fulfillment, the type of comfortable satisfaction that comes when you are happy and secure with who you are.
When the Seventh Chakra is blocked and bound, a sense of mental agitation stemming from not being able to “see the forest for the trees” can overwhelm you. Confusion and doubt are often present, stemming from an inability to focus o the task at hand.
The open Crown will give you the understanding of how to integrate your diverse experiences and perceptions into a unified whole. You’ll find yourself easily able to focus simultaneously on the whole and its constituent parts. And most of all, the work of opening the Seventh Chakra creates the experience of oneness and clarifies your understanding of surrender and acceptance, the last steps toward becoming your essential self.
Or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can put B Major into a search for music on YouTube and go exploring.
The Key of A is traditionally associated with the Sixth Chakra, or the Third Eye Chakra. The Sixth Chakra is the seat of the essence of clarity, open mindedness and seeing the truth. It is no coincidence that this center is located in the brow, in the “place between the eyes” Indeed, the sixth center is the most famous of all Chakras – the Third Eye.
When the Sixth Chakra is open and free flowing you experience a sense of clarification and let go of judgmental attitudes that produces anger, fear and resentment. Appreciation born of the ability to see things as they truly are tailors your outlook on life.
When the Sixth Chakra is blocked you will often experience feelings of anger, doubt and fear. Judgmental bias or dogmatic attitudes are usually present, states of mind the generally lead to an inability to make commitments. The need for clarification and reassurance is very present when this center is blocked.
Working to open the Sixth Chakra will bring forward an understanding of what it means to see clearly, without the energies of bias and judgment clouding your perspective and influencing your thinking and then your actions.
In this music video, Bob Marley sings “Is This Love?” a reggae tune in the key of A. For classical music in the key of A, see this list of compositions in the key of A.
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could put “Key of A” into a search for music on YouTube and go exploring.
The Key of G is traditionally associated with the Fifth Chakra, or the Throat Chakra.The Fifth Chakra is the seat of the essence of expression, communication and speaking your truth, aspects of the essential self that are deeply empowered by the harmonization of these energies in the heart Chakra.
When the Fifth Chakra is open and free flowing, your ability to express the essence of who you are truly becomes possible. The essential self finally feels recognized, validated and received, you feel comfortable with you are and your expression reflects this.
When the Fifth Chakra is blocked, issues stemming from Low self esteem and the inability to express one’s self clearly are present. “Holding back” the truth and an inability or reluctance to bring forth the qualities that were revealed in the transformation of the heart into language are also pervasive issues.
Opening the Fifth Chakra encourages the expression of the next step in fulfilling your purpose—being present with what your essential self thinks, believes and feels and developing the ability to speak from this place of unity and truth.
This music video of “Come As You Are” by Nirvana is played in the key of G. More music in the key of G can be found on this list of compositions in the key of G, and also Jazz compositions in the key of G.
The Key of F is traditionally associated with the Fourth Chakra, or the Heart Chakra. The Heart Chakra is the seat of the essence of interconnection, transformation and the beauty of unconditional love, aspects of our essential self and its pure heart.
The opened and free flowing Heart Chakra resonates with the energy of this transformation. Embodied in the heart itself, this center naturally performs the function of giving and receiving, giving and receiving, all in one motion, all at the same time, taking nothing, giving and sustaining life.
When the Heart Chakra is blocked, Feelings of loneliness and the sadness are present, at a deeper level, emotions and feelings are present that interfere with the experience of unconditional love, the understanding of wholeness and the nature of interconnection.
Learning to be present with our feelings and transcending our possessive, demanding natures seems to be a never ending story, born of our inability to simply accept all things for what they and stop trying to make them into what we want them to be. Opening the heart creates the opportunity to transcend this ancient human pattern and embrace the beauty of giving and receiving.
Here’s a music video of the song, Belief by John Mayer, which is played in the key of F. For more ideas for music in the key of F, see this list of compositions in the key of F and and this list of Jazz compositions in the key of F.
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, put “The Key of F” into a search for music on YouTube and go exploring.
The Key of E is traditionally associated with the Third Chakra, or the Solar Plexus Chakra. The Third Chakra is the seat of the essence of reception, unification and centering, aspects of the essential self that are deeply empowered by your ability to choose.
When the Third Chakra is open and free flowing you will experience a sense of being centered and a deep knowing of who and where you truly are. A sense of confident calm often accompanies these feelings.
When the Third Chakra is blocked and bound, you may experience shortness of breath and a tendency toward panic attacks and feelings of anxiety. You may be faced with the inability to define your position or relationship with the external world and experience chronic discontent with the details of your life.
Learning to let go of these preconceptions is the next step in creating the conditions that allows the essential self to come forward. By allowing yourself to let go of these desires and the preconceptions and expectations that accompany them, you are beginning the work of opening the Third Chakra.
Here’s a video music clip of a Funk, Jazz, Blues backing track in E major to groove on. For more music in the key of E, check out this list of compositions in the key of E.
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, put “The key of E” into a search for music on YouTube and go exploring.
When the Second Chakra is open and unblocked by your emotions, memories and desires, you experience a deep sense of self awareness, a feeling of knowing who you are, of being present within yourself and for yourself.
When this center is blocked, you may experience sensations of separation both within yourself and from your closest family members. You feel disconnected, not in relationship, agitated and alone. You are not present.
Learning to be present and to welcome your relationship with yourself and others is the next step in creating the conditions that allow the essential self to come forward. Opening the Second Chakra is an important step on this journey.
Here is a Mozart Sonata For Two Pianos in D Major. This piano work was composed in 1781 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at 25 years of age. For more music in the key of D, see this list of compositions in the key of D.
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, put D Major into a search for music on YouTube and go exploring.
The Key of C is traditionally associated with the Root Chakra. The Root Chakra is the seat of the essence of creation, your vital force, your purpose and the essence of who you are, your essential nature.
When the Root Chakra is open, you experience a feeling of calm self confidence, along with the energy of your creative vital force moving throughout the mind and body.
When the Root Center is blocked or bound by your emotions, memories and desires you often experience feelings of self doubt, a lack of purpose, along with the never ending list of questions concerning who am I and what is my purpose in life, leaving you feeling empty and not present, not grounded.
Learning to stay grounded and in the body is a very important first step in doing the work of bringing forward the essential self and experiencing the flow of your creative vital force. Opening the Root Chakra is the first step on this journey.
Here is a lively Flute Concerto in the key of C by Friedrich II (1712-1786), King of Prussia. He was one of the greatest commanders in history and a very interesting and complex character overall. For more music in the key of C, see this list of symphonies in C major and this list of Jazz compositions in the key of C.