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Learning the Handpan: Lesson 5 / Semiquaver (1/4 Beat) Rhythms by NovaPans Handpans 

Learning semi-quaver (1/4) rhythms, a follow-up from Lesson 2 Quaver (1/2) beat rhythms!    

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Learning the Handpan: Lesson 4 / Accents by NovaPans Handpans 

Accents! If you're still playing notes, all of the same duration and intensity, then you're not yet making use of accents (not at least intentionally!). Accents are a means of making individual notes sound more interesting by playing them with a little extra force than other notes. By doing this, you allow certain notes to […]

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Learning the Handpan: Lesson 3 / Dynamics by NovaPans Handpans 

Along with learning rhythms from the previous tutorial, there are numerous other ways to expand the range of expression on your handpan. One of those is called dynamics or layman terms, "volume". By just demonstrating a difference between playing quietly and playing loud, you can transform your music into two completely different genres; two completely […]

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Learning the Handpan: Lesson 2 / Quaver (Half-Beat) Rhythms by NovaPans Handpans 

Rhythms! They might seem a bore, especially if you're practising them slowly (as you should be!) but rest assured, with time and discipline, knowing your solid rhythms will bring the most productivity to your playing. It's easier to show you rather than put it in writing, so watch for yourself on how you can become an […]

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Learning the Handpan: Lesson 1 / Simplified Handpan Notation by NovaPans Handpans 

There are really two types of musicians; the ones who predominantly play and learn from reading sheet music, and those who play and learn by ear. Those who play by ear are great improvisers such as those who can pick up an instrument and just start playing intuitively.  The handpan is a perfect example of […]

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Learning the Handpan: Lesson 0.2 / The Handpan Scale by NovaPans Handpans 

Unlike most traditional instruments whereby they allow you to play every single note of the piano (all black and white notes from low to high), the handpan can only fit so many notes on it, hence the reason why they are sold in different 'scales'. Scales are very simply put, different arrangements of select notes […]

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