A handpan is a musical instrument made of steel and played with the hands. Two sheets of steel are shaped into bowls and fastened together to create a resonant sound chamber. The timbre of the handpan has an affective quality that some describe as ethereal or otherworldly. Most handpans have a relatively small number of notes tuned to a specific key, making them accessible to those just learning music. Yet they are versatile and complex enough to challenge and inspire even the most accomplished musicians.
The Hal Leonard Handpan Method presents a learning opportunity for a broad range of skill levels. Beginners will find the introductory material and exercises necessary to develop their touch and technical skill. Advanced players will find instructions on executing high-level techniques, creating sophisticated sounds, and building complex patterns. The information, playing techniques, and theory presented in this book are designed to be flexible and adaptable to your instrument, no matter the scale or number of notes.
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- Before You Begin
- Reading the Tablature
- Stage 1: Discovery
- Stage 2: Development
- Stage 3: Competency
- About the Authors