Handpan w/Full Band: RAV Drum & Mallet Harp Meet Electric Guitar & Bass (RAV Blues Scale)

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What’s up everybody? AJ here from Didge Project wishing you a happy day!

Recently I got to play some super cool instruments, the Chromatic Mallet Harp and the RAV G Humayun, with two excellent musicians, Adrian DiMatteo and Mike Fisher on Electric Guitar and Bass. These videos were a joy to make as we featured these exciting new instruments in a live jam session context.

The Chromatic Mallet Harp has seriously become my go to instrument when playing music with friends. I personally prefer the Chromatic Mallet Harp over any handpan, because it has all 12 tones from the western musical scale. So I’m getting that really sweet Mallet Harp sound but I can play along with almost any chord changes and jump in with a lot of different songs. Of course, I have a background in piano playing and music theory, so that really helps and makes this instrument perfectly suited to my skill set.

The RAV G Humayun, however, is a whole different animal. It’s got this really sweet middle-eastern sound and the vibe it creates is so different than any music I have ever played. It’s like I am automatically thrown into a mystical jam session and I can only imagine how many possibilities there are with this instrument.

Last but not least, I got to have my first ever blues jam session on the RAV Vast C Blues and RAV Vast D Blues scales. These instruments were super fun to play and Adrian DiMatteo and I were able to use them to create a bunch of different blues textures in combination with the electric guitar. Check out the video below.

As always, thanks for tuning in and looking forward to seeing you soon!

AJ Block
didgeproject.com

 

 

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AJ Block is the director of Didge Project and is active as a didgeridoo teacher and performer. In addition to didgeridoo, AJ has spent years studying music traditions from all over the world including jazz (trombone and piano), western classical music, Indian Classical Music, guitar and world percussion. AJ has developed a number of programs for Didge Project including The ABCs of Didgeridoo, The Didgeridoo Skills Course, and Circular Breathing Mastery. He is also the author of Didge For Sleep, a didgeridoo learning method designed specifically for people with Sleep Apnea. As a performer AJ is the leader of the Didge Project Music Collective and a member of Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey. AJ is a founding member of Sacred Arts Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of sacred art traditions through education, ritual and study. As a student of spiritual teacher Maestro Manuel Rufino AJ is an active member of the Golden Drum community.