When you first get a handpan, there is so much to explore it can seem overwhelming. Our Handpan 101 video will introduce you to some fundamentals of handpan playing including playing with a metronome, polyrhythms, paradiddles and drum rudiments, learning the scale of your instrument, playing chords and more!
Handpans are resonant steel instruments that evolved out of the Trinidad Steel Pan. Originally made by just one company in Switzerland, there are now (at time of writing) over 100 handpan makers worldwide.
The instrument used in this video is a PanArt 2nd Generation D Hijaz:
Hijaz Scale tones: (1) 5 b7 1 b2 3 4 5
D Hijaz Scale on this instrument: (D) A C D Eb F# G A
Music theory is especially important for handpan players to develop the knowledge of how scales work, how to build chords and how to play with other musicians.
The Paradiddle is an essential rhythmic figure for hand percussion or any instrument that features the interplay of two rhythmic elements. The basic paradiddle pattern is:
L R L L R L R R
This concept can be applied to linear instruments (those that play one note at a time) by simply alternating between two notes, with one note assigned as “left” and the other assigned as “right”.
Learn the key to recording a good handpan sound with recording engineer and recording artist Matt Bazgier (https://mattbazgier.bandcamp.com). Handpans, RAV Drums, and other pan drum instruments can all benefit from the microphone set up suggested in this video.
Listen to the combination of didgeridoo, handpan, shruti box, guitar and vocals in this jam session with members of the Didge Project community.
Adrian DiMatteo - guitar
Ixchel Prisma - shruti box and vocal
Jerry Walsh - RAV Drum (E Low Pygmy)
Ricky Hillson demonstrates the same composition on a B Celtic Minor RAV Vast and a B Celtic Minor RAVpan. This video is an excerpt from the RAV Drum and Handpan Composition Course, a 2 hour and 40 minute course...
Jump to 7:23 for the Raw Steel vs. Nitrided Handpan Comparison
Aura Handpans featured in this video:
F Low Pygmy (Raw Steel): 0:00
C# Sappire (Nitrided): 1:57
D Kurd (Raw Steel): 4:41
G Oxalis (Raw Steel): 9:12
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This open question and answer session on all things related to handpans was recorded live with an online audience on Friday, April 10, 2020. We played a number of Aura handpans and RAV drums in different scales, explored handpan...
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