How to play the Handpan

---- Just one rule- trust your intuition

Playing an Handpan is creating a range of sound colors, an ever-changing interplay of energies that can not be replicated exactly.

Caress the silky, curved surface of the upper shell. Be gentle. Take your time.
By the touch of one finger, you are already creating a cascade of resonating sound waves: a sound cosmos. Explore the surface with your palms and fingers. Feel the craters and valleys, the hills on the surface, the grounding weight on your lap. Feel the sound resonate with your breath. Without thinking, a melody appears. Where was it? How did you find it? Just follow. Intuition will take you there.

Playing a Handpan is a much more sensory, intimate experience than a traditional jam session. Intuition is the key; you will naturally learn to discover your way of playing this amazing instrument, as there is no conventional path to follow, or to be restrained by. No formal music training is required to play the Handpan, nor music sheets. The playful nature and enchanting sound of the Handpan makes it an instrument particularly beloved by children, as well as musicians.

That is why we say there is no right or wrong way to play an Handpan: it’s a journey of discovery, spiritual healing and self expression, through the embracing sound of steel music.
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Sylvie Poulin

J ai joué du.panio…mais par manque de place….


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