The Hang Drum – The Hand Pan

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In my various explorations of music, while creating playlists etc, I came upon the hang drum, or hand-pan.

It is, apparently, a bit of a controversial instrument. As per one source that I read, it originated in Bern, Switzerland, and the ‘hang’ in the name means ‘hand’ in Bernese German. Some people have called it a cross between ‘a caveman tool and a flying saucer’.

Whatever the controversy, it is a remarkable instrument and, the music is quietly relaxing and meditational.

It is versatile. So, in the videos below, you will see a pair of chaps playing in rural India. You see it paired with the table, the didgeridoo, and as part of an ensemble.

It is unique. So….. have fun…

 

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Sounds similar to the steal drums of the Caribbean Rajiv. I noticed they use several techniques in how they use the hands and it gives it a different sound, very nice.
    Leslie

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