Annual Handpan Festival Around the World

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Annual Handpan Festival Around the World

Annual Handpan Festival Around the World

Good Music is said to be the food of soul, so every year there are many music oriented gatherings around the world so that people can get together and share their passions for it. Well, handpan is not an exception and there are some dedicated festivals which you can always attend and connect with the raising enthusiast of this magical instrument, enjoy the vibe and take part in the workshops (if included). Every year, around the world, there are many festivals that are held by Handpan communities, below is a list we gathered hoping you get familiar with some of them and attend when you got a chance.

2. Portugal Handpan Festival

Portugal

Portugal handpan festival is an annual festival which take place in Lisbon, Portugal, every year so many artists such as kabecao and other professional handpan players and enthusiasms gather together in Lisbon to make this festival more interesting. Beside the shows and concerts there are many workshops in this festival too.

4. Ding in Balance

China

China will celebrate its first handpan and world music festival. We have chosen a beautiful place for this festival, Dali City Yunnan Province, located in the south of China. It has a pleasant climate, moderate temperatures, and beautiful scenery. It is also an ancient city with a long history. We have invited a number of handpan and world music artists to the festival. We believe that the multiple workshops and concerts with a strong line-up will be surely worthwhile and definitely benefit the audience.

5. HONA (Hang Out Naxos)

Greece

HONA is a music festival of the Hangout Gathering series that takes place on the beautiful island of Naxos in Greece.
It is a calling of musicians from all over the world who share the same spirit of expression, through this special instrument called handpan. A coming together of sound explorers who wish to share their love and create beautiful auditory landscapes that bypass the rational mind and go straight to the heart.
In this four-day celebration a wide number of workshops will take place spanning from Yoga, Dance and TaiJi to Instrument and Macrame making as well as Handpan playing classes for all levels, Sound healing meditation and more.

6. UFO BUFO

Czech Republic

this festival is one the kind, many artists take a part in this festival and make a great experience for attendance. Beside music and joy, you can go to some discos and other location in Czech Republic. This festival has a different stage for different tastes.

7. Tokyo Handpan Festival

Japan

“Tokyo HandPan Lab. (THL) is an organization that creates the Japanese handpan scene and movement.
High-quality information dissemination and events in Japan and abroad specializing in handpan, organizing festivals, andvarious contents give new color and inspiration to people’s lifestyles, encourage action, and look
overseas in Japan It is operated for the purpose of establishing and developing the handpan scene in Japan and improving its social status.”

8.hangout UK

United Kingdom

HangOut UK is a weekend festival for people passionate about Handpans from across the world to come together. Whether you’re a beginner who has never touched a Handpan before or a seasoned performer seeking out new techniques, then HangOut is the place to be.
During the weekend various performances and workshops will be available in the Barn and Cafe Chameleon. Throughout the whole venue you will stumble across many small jam sessions around the campsite fires or even in the Chicken Shed kitchen.

10. Hug Festival

Hungary

The HUG meeting is a wonderful human togetherness, the main purpose of which – as the name suggests – is a great hug, an embracing connection between the lovers of handpan, nature, and ourselves.
The HUG handpan gathering and lifestyle camp will be organized for the third time by the team of MAG Instruments (the first Hungarian handpan making workshop) and the ToSoDa Project (discovered by the Szimpla Lemming Program). The date of the meeting is again at the end of the summer, due to the coronavirus epidemic, between August 10 and 14 for five days.

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Top 10 handpan playlist/Album for handpan enthusiasms on Music stream Platforms

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Top 10 handpan playlist/Album for handpan enthusiasms on Music stream Platforms

Top 10 handpan playlist/Album for handpan enthusiasms on Music stream Platforms

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1.Handpan Chillout

Artist/Provider: Luccas Martins

Duration/Tracks: 1hr,19min / 20 songs

 handpan hangdrum sleep music chill out tunes calm songs

2.Positive Energy

Artist/Provider: Alex Dav

Duration/Tracks: 1hr,35min /7 songs

handpan based music with energetic rhythm by verified Spotify artist Alex Dav

3.Luminous Emptiness

Artist/Provider: Hang Massive

Duration/Tracks: 56min / 7 songs

An album with 7 tracks for handpan enthusiasm, by hand massive team

4.Touching Soul

Artist/Provider: Kabecao

Duration/Tracks: 2hr,19min / 19 songs

This album is a master piece from kabecao the professional handpan player and teacher

5.Hope

Artist/Provider: Jacob Cole

Duration/Tracks: 1hr,50min / 24 songs

a huge album by Jacob Cole one of the greatest handpan player ever, this album is release during quarantine in 2020.

6.Ephemeral

Artist/Provider: David Charrier

Duration/Tracks: 39min / 10 songs

 David charrier doesn’t need to be introduced to handpan community, listen to his latest album which released 2016

7.Sivelado

Artist/Provider: Mayiia

Duration/Tracks: 24min / 5 songs

listen to this lovely EP by mayiia which has been release 2020, it is a material for people who need to concentrate.

8.Real life

Artist/Provider: Dan Mulqueen

Duration/Tracks: 41min / 10 songs

rhythm is everything and you can feel this phrase by listening to stunning album from Dan Mulqueen.

9.Life Equinox

Artist/Provider: Jeremy Nattagh

Duration/Tracks: 1hr,39min / 21songs

wide range of taste could be covered by this album. This is where you can listen to different types of rhythm and melodies

10.Earth Child: Chill Path

Artist/Provider: Tom Vaylo

Duration/Tracks: 37min / 7 songs

Both Speechless and normal music are combined to provide a magical space for this album by the creative Tom vaylo

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Vulcan Instrument, A new comer to our family

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Vulcan Instrument, A new comer to our family

As you may know, Kita Pantam is one of the biggest handpan producers around the world with currently making more than 130 instruments monthly. Our focus is on making high quality pantams with fair prices for everyone, however in this article, we want to introduce a new product that is recently added to our portfolio, “VULCAN Over Tone TOUGUE DRUM”. It is made in our sister company, “VULCAN INSTRUMENT” by one of the best Kita tuners.

Tongue Drum
Tongue Drum

If you’re still unfamiliar with tongue drums and its differences with handpans, we suggest that you read Handpan Vs Tongue Drum, which goes through a brief comparison between these 2 instruments.

Vulcan Tongue Drums come in different ranges for different tastes, from scale to color. It is noticeable that Vulcan steel tongue drums are completely tested by our quality supervisor and are guaranteed to provide high quality experience for its players. Like handpans, tongue drums also come in different scales such as HIJAZ, HARMONIC MINOR, INTEGRAL, SALADIN and etc. besides, they come in a wide range of designs and colors that are presented below.

Vulcan tongue drums are commonly designed with 9 notes made on 18 inches heat treated carbon steel material. Our brand-new tongue drums come in series with a specific name and characteristics. Below are some of our most famous series.

Silver Series

Numa Series

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Top 20 Handpan Players Every Player Should Know (Alphabetical Order)

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Top 20 Handpan Players Every Player Should Know

Top 20 Handpan Players Every Player Should Know (Alphabetical Order)

Adrian J Portia

professional drummer/percussionist

About

professional drummer/percussionist based in melbourne australia.
Adrian started playing the drums from the age of 10 and touring the country in his father’s band at 12 years of age. Performing every week he gained a lot of experience in his younger years, which helped him become the musician he is today.

Alexandre Lora

Handpan - Pantam player / percussionist / composer

About

Grammy nominated artist in 2017, running for “Best World Music Album” category, with Anat Cohen and Trio Brasileiro: “Rosa dos Ventos”.
Member of Trio Brasileiro, Caraivana group and Irmãos Lora project, Alexandre is constantly travelling to perform inside Brasil, in the US and Europe.

Archer & Tripp

Handpan players and Tearchers

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Together, Archer & Tripp have over 20 years’ experience of playing handpan. Samantha’s classical training during her child and teenage years in piano, clarinet and vocals allowed her distinctive and instinctive sense for melody to flower into a skill for both improvisation and composition.

Dan Mulqueen

American multi-instrumentalist

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Dan Mulqueen is an American multi-instrumentalist from New Jersey. Dan’s music is centered around an instrument called the “Handpan”, an instrument created in 2001 in Switzerland. This instrument allows the player to create a rh ythm and a melody simultaneously using only the hands. Determined to push the limits of music revolving around this instrument, Dan’s playing style is both beautifully melodic and intensely percussive.

David Charrier

multi-instrumentalist and Tutor

About

As a multi-instrumentalist, I’m passionate about rhythms and melodies. In 2004, I discovered the handpan, a unique ‘sound sculpture’ with enchanting tones. My study of this instrument and my desire to compose have allowed me to share my music throughout the world. Whether as a solo artist, part of a duo, or with a bigger group, I love to show my passion and help people to discover this instrument.

Francis Leclerc

Handpan player

About

Francis learned to open himself to new horizons over time and it is through multiple periods of introspection that he began the formation of his ideal. This brought a series of events that would change his daily life and guide him towards awakening. A personal awakening, but especially passionate. It was when he discovered handpan that he knew music would guide his life.

Gabriele Pollina

Handpan player and drummer

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Gabriele Pollina is a Handpan player and drummer from Italy. His music style combines Handpan Music and electronic beats played live with percussive electro pedals. In 2016 he started a music trip throughout Australia, Asia and Europe, during this journey he has had the possibility to discover and be influenced by different musical cultures and styles, playing with multiple musicians around the world.

Jacob Cole

professional musician, drummer, teacher, world percussionist

About

The way he introduces himself: “I’m a professional musician, drummer, teacher, world percussionist and proud father, rooted in Northeast Pa, I’ve been playing music since the age of 7 and have been teaching for over 10 years.  I’m a Berklee College of Music grad and have had the incredible opportunity to play with some of the finest musicians.  I hope I can either inspire or move you through my music.  Music is my way to meditate & give back to this world, it’s my soul’s gift.  I love to perform and teach others to do the same.”

Jeremy Nattagh

multi-instrumentalist

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Multi-instrumentalist and ingenious of sound, Jérémy Nattagh has brought together all his influences and experiences in a unique show, Panoramic. Surrounded by his 4 hangs and his drums played on the feet, he will take you into the intoxication of ethnic grooves, acoustic trance and the lyricism of his compositions.

Kabecao

Inspirational Handpan Player. Teacher.

About

exploring music and sound with his unique, poetic, and percussive style, he pushed forward the art form and extended the musical universe of handpans/pantams.

He was a boy when, with percussions and rhythm, Kabeção fell in love for sound exploring. Self-taught, he never stopped since then to experiment different types of instruments – from strings to woodwinds – combining eclectic influences and his very personal approach to sound into powerful music. 

Laura Inserra

sound alchemist

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Laura Inserra is a sound alchemist. She lives and creates at the confluence of music from around the globe, wisdom practices, and cutting-edge technology. Her career has had many facets —  multi-instrumentalist, music teachersound therapistcomposer, and producer.

Laurent Sureau

Handpan Player, Percussionist, Multi-instrumentalist, Teacher

About

Aurent grew up in a musical family and his passion for music started early. He began learning piano at the age of 6, then expanded his range of skills by studying percussion: classic and contemporary first (timpani, vibraphone, etc.), then drums from various continents (congas, cajon, West African balafon) and drums, chromatic balafon, Hang and handpans.

Marcel Hutter

musician and handpan player

About

As he says: “I am a musician and handpan player from Linz (located in Austria/Europe).” He got his first handpan in 2012 and because there was no one who could have taught him how to play at that time, he started self-learning. About this experience he always says that: “A completely new chapter of my life began, because of my (seemingly) endless passion for these instruments, and now I am travelling around the world while my collection of handpans is growing more and more.”

Mayiia

singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist

About

Mayiia is a German singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Her compositions move between jazz, pop, ambient and world music. Wide landscapes and moving surfaces that interweave and dissolve again.

Mumi

multi-instrumentalist, singer, handpan player

About

Mumi is an Italian multi-instrumentalist, singer, and above all else, a Handpan player and maker. Her musical path started when she was just five years old when she started training as a classical pianist. She delved further into music history and theory, graduating from a school of music.

Nadishana

multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound designer

About

Nadishana is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound designer from Siberia, who creates his own unique and innovative approach to world fusion music – the creative synthesis of different musical traditions of the world on the basis of contemporary technologies. He plays on more than 200 instruments of the world, including self-created ones.

Titouan Gautier

multi-instrumentalist

About

Handpan played solo, with Epock (beatbox), Ogma (harp) and others

Tom Vaylo

Handpan player

About

Tom Vaylo is an acoustic musician since his very young age (flute, saxophone, guitar, Handpan, percussions,…..) who then got into electronic music. In his quest for new ways of sharing his love for music, and taking the audience with him on a musical trip, he now mixes both, adding handpan playing to track living on stage, each track being inspired by one of his own travel.

Valerio Menon

Italian Handpan player, maker and tuner

About

Valerio Menon is an Italian Handpan player, maker and tuner based in Switzerland. So far, he played over 200 concerts in 12 different states, produced 3 cd’s (the last one also distributed in USA by AllAgainstOne Records) and since 2017 works, as a maker and tuner, for EchoSoundSculpture.

Waagal

multi-instrumentalist

About

Waagal can be called a “one man band” from multi-instrumentalist Erwann Texier-Harth. Guitar, didgeridoo, handpans, kashaka, kalimba and others instruments are played simultaneously to create a solo performance where the musician keeps pushing his limits. Drawing from music and cultures around the world, Waagal mix thousand-year-old sounds and innovating rhythms.

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Handpan and Therapy

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Handpan and Therapy

Handpan and Therapy

Sound therapy

During the 21st century, alternative therapies become more and more famous and prominent and sound therapy (also known as sound healing) is not an exception. During the past decades, people became aware of healing ability of music and used it a lot. But sound and vibration can also have an impact on mental health and be used as a healing assistant. Sound therapy is kind of therapy that comes from science of vibration, resonance and frequency. Each sound/note possesses a special vibration and frequency that we can feel.

Healing with Handpan

Handpan is one of the best candidates when it comes to sound therapy, because handpans have great resonance and through their convex, their sounds emanate in all directions, filling the whole room with vibration and resonance at once. Handpan is one of the few instruments that is tuned with 1:2:3 frequency ratio, it means there are 3 frequencies in each note anytime it is played. The frequency ratio is important in sound healing.

Sense and perception: researchers have found out that the human brain likes to simplify frequency ratios when it hears it. In fact the frequency of a Handpan is as simple as it can be, therefor it has a great healing impact on humans’ brain. The signal frequency that our ears get and send it to our brain convey the feeling of relaxation and safety.

The vibration of Handpans is also useful for healing. Basically entrainment in music happens when an object vibrates at a specific frequency, for example when a Handpan vibrates near the human body, after a short time, the object with lower vibration (human body) starts to vibrating as same as powerful vibrator (handpan). So this phenomenon gives the Handpan the ability to release us energetically and physically from stress and tension we are storing in the body.

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handpan in your hands

Kitapantam is ready to offer what you deserve, world class quality Handpans with fair prices and rather short waiting time. For more information, please visit our available instruments page or send us an inquiry on the Order page. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, you may contact us via the contact form below or send us an email to [email protected]

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24 terms that every handpan player should know

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25 terms that every handpan player should know

25 terms that every handpan player should know

  1. Apex: The dome of the center-note when it is outward
  2. Dimple: The purposely dented part of the steel in the center of a note. Can be dented inward or outward.
  3. Ding: the central note on the top of the instrument.
  4. Dome: another name for dimple, The purposely dented part of the steel in the center of a note. Can be dented inward or outward.
  5. Dynamics: from the quietest to the loudest volume, exactly the full range
  6. sound sculpture: another name for pantam/handpan
  7. Gu: The opening circle or port in the bottom of the handpan, it helps the air to escape from the bottom of the instrument and also helps makers to tune the instrument easier
  8. Handpan: Generic word for a hand-played pitched instrument which is created from steel or similar metal, with notes
  9. Hang: The trademarked name for the original handpan
  10. Harmonics: Overtones that come with the fundamental pitch of a single note. The Eighth and compound fifth harmonics are forced in a note by a steel tuner
  11. Inpex: The dome of the center-note when it is inward
  12. Interstitial: any surface of the handpan that isn’t tuned, these spaces are usually found between ding, Gu or Tonefields
  13. Major: one of the main scale categories, this scale type is upbeat and happier.
  14. Minor: one of the main scale categories, this scale type is mysterious and melancholy
  15. Nitriding: Case hardening process used to harden steel by diffusing molecular nitrogen into the steel matrix, creating iron nitrides.
  16. Note: The general term used in music for the musical sounds, on a Handpan notes are the tuned parts of the instrument.
  17. Pantam: another generic name used for handpan, it comes from the combination of Ghatam and Steelpan.
  18. Pattern: a sequence of notes that come after each to create a harmony.
  19. Rim: the non-resonant metal edges that match the top and bottom shells of the handpan which usually cover with rubber or rope.
  20. Shell: shells are what handpans made from, metal semi-spheres that glue together at their rims
  21. Shoulder: The area between the ding and the tone fields on the tone circle, shoulder note is right on the border line around the ding
  22. Sound Model: a set of notes that arranged for a Handpan, also known as Scale.
  23. Sustain: The length of time a note resonates after being played
  24. Tone Fields: All the oval or the round shape fields with a specific note sound

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handpan history when , where and how?

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Handpan history, when, where and how?

Handpan history, when, where and how?

Handpan, Pantam, hang drum or sound-sculpture are the names for a rather young musical instruments family. They are made with steel and are consist of 2 convex steel shells that are glued together. In this article we are going to look at this instrument history and explain some interesting information about it.

When and where was handpan/pantam invented?

The path of hang drum development is a combination of a few historical instruments, some of which are very old and some are more recent. In fact we can call handpan/pantam a global instrument because many countries’ musical culture have been involved in its development journey.The first hang was invented by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer from PANArt Hangbau AG in Bern, Switzerland. The two were steel pan builders and invertor of different musical instruments. In the late 1990’s, Reto Weber, a musician, contacted Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer and explained his idea about a new instrument that is made of steel and looks like a pot with some notes on. He wanted to combine the sound of Ghatam, which is an Indian instrument and the steel pan. The experiment began and they made something which was called “Mother Hang”. The word “HANG” came from Bernese German word for Hand. The output was surprisingly good so Felix and his colleague stopped making steel pans and started focusing on creating the First generation of handpans which was originally called HANG (between 2001 to 2005). They presented the very first instrument at Frankfurt and it became viral later on 2005 when people found some playing videos of it on YouTube. 

The HANG was being offered in approximately 45 different scales and sound models, which were focused mostly on ethnic musical scales like Ake bono, Hijaz, Pygmy, Melog and Zhi Diao.  The first generation Hangs had 7 to 8 tone fields on a circle around a center note being tuned only on F3, E3 and Eb 3. Later on some new generations with many changes were release up until 2013 when PANArt announced that the Hang would no longer be made.

As of then, many makers around the world started creating these musical instruments with the same concept but some changes and called them Handpan, Pantam or sound-sculpture.

The way the invention of this musical instrument influenced the world of the music enthusiast was so astounding and the market faced a big volume of demand in the years right after PANArt stopped making them. The first makers received so many requests in a way they also had to stop getting more orders and will be making the requested line of orders for many years after. Since then, the number of the makers are increasing everyday all around the world responding to the demand for this magical instrument globally.

Kita also, as one of the first makers in this region, started making Handpans since 2017 and has showed continuous growth in terms of quality and manufacturing capability since then.

Handpan history

If you are thinking to join the club and start this wonderful journey of learning and playing Pantams together with this raising number of enthusiasts all around the world, KitaPantam is ready to offer what you deserve, world class quality Handpans with fair prices and rather short waiting time. For more information please visit our available instruments page or send us an inquiry on the Order page. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, you may contact us via the contact form below or send us an email to [email protected].

 

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Tips to motivate yourself to practice your Handpan

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Tips to motivate yourself to practice your Handpan

Tips to motivate yourself to practice your Handpan

Learning a new musical instrument is always challenging, it takes time so you should be patient, plus you have to stay motivated to have a continuous improvement so you can enjoy your playing. Well, Handpan is not an exception, here are some tips to help you stay motivated while learning and practice handpan instrument:

  1. Set a goal: as an amateur learner, there are many achievements that you like to attain, so set goals and try to achieve them one by one. For example, “I want to play this music by the end of the month, do a concert, or record an album by the next summer. It is easier to have a routine when you want to achieve something BIG.
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2.Draw a periodic schedule: there is no shortcut to all the good things. Try to schedule your day time and follow that, if you analyze your times, you’ll be amazed at how many spare minutes you can find in a day that you can use.

3.Make mental and physical space: learning and playing handpan must be away from distractions. A dedicated quiet place is where you need to practice. Furthermore, you need a focused mind too. Try to get away from your laptop, smartphone, and other non-related stuff and create a comfortable learning space both mentally and physically.

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practice handpan

4.Find a partner: set up training sessions with Handpan player friends. Try to practice together, this can reignite your passion and enthusiasm when you are down, or running low.

5.Watch professional players: watching professional players are always motivating knowing that they had been just like you a while ago. Their skills can show how far you can go and how you can do with your hands and mind.

6.Remember your dreams: Always remember the reason you start. To become a professional player? to play in a band? Just for fun and as a hobby? Whatever you start playing handpan for is valuable, try to always remember your dreams and fight for them, because if you can dream it you can achieve it. 

THESE ARE SOME SMALL TIPS THAT CAN HELP YOU WHILE YOU ARE IN YOUR LEARNING PROCESS, HOPE YOU CAN USE THEM IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY. We would be honored to have your experiences while learning your Handpan, please share them with us. Also, if you just want to start, the first thing you need is an instrument you deserve, so when know you want a high-quality Handpan with a fair price, please visit our available instruments page or send us an inquiry on the Order page. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, you may contact us via the contact form below or send an email to [email protected].Stay tuned😊

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Handpan vs tongue drum

Handpan vs tongue drum

Handpan or togue drum? This is one of the most frequently asked questions that we face every day, many people want to know what are the differences between these two instruments and which one fits their needs better. In this article, we are going to provide some points in this regard.

Basically, in spite of some similarities, they are two totally different musical instruments. Pantams have more clear tone and magical bright ceramic and smooth sound with mid to high range of sustain (resonate), while tongue drums have more like a blur sound with long sustain. handpans are made with different materials being suitable for different playing styles and environment vibes including indoor fast professional playing to outdoor slow meditative styles, while tongue drums are known for only more slow and meditative playing. Moreover, Handpans can be more flexible than tongue drums, for example you can get up to 22 notes on a Handpan but the notes on tongue drums are limited.

Handpan vs tongue drum
Handpan vs tongue drum

Although Tongue drums are in general smaller in size but much heavier than Handpans (hang drums) since they are made of thicker steel sheets. Besides the Handpans standard size range is 18-23 inches, so sometimes a small Handpan (mini handpan) can be in a size of a tongue drum but still much lighter and having of course a different sound.

Due to the much more complexities in making Handpans, their price is much higher than the tongue drums, but as mentioned at the beginning, these two are totally different instruments and paying less doesn’t mean you will be able to get the same thing.

Tone Fields

This is where handpans and tongue drums become different in a noticeable way. The tone field or the notes that you play will look completely different. The handpan containing dimples and dings, with no piercing of the steel, while the steel tongue drum tongues will be cut into the steel, in a variety of shapes.

Overall, Handpans and tongue drums comparison seems like comparing apple and orange, both round and almost same shape but completely different fruits with different taste and nutrition. We want to say, if you are interested in Handpans, then you should get one and never think that you will be able to get something similar while spending less. Likewise you might be interested in tongue drums and again in this case a Handpan cannot be an alternative.

We hope you find these information useful and this article can help you decide if you are thinking between a Handpan and a tongue drum.If you know that you want a high quality Handpan with a fair price, please visit our available instrument page to see our latest available instruments for sale. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, you may contact us via the contact form below or send an email to [email protected]Stay tuned😊

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