Handpan Course

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Sheet Music for Handpans? 

So with the handpan being only 20 years old, very few have composed anything for it. In fact, most players (and makers) have probably never read sheet music in their lives. If that’s the case, then how do people learn? Well, just like with all musical instruments at the start of their lives, we learned …

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Learning the Handpan: Lesson 0.1 / The Touch Technique by NovaPans Handpans 

Learning the handpan should be just like purchasing one, no one should have to spend $100s or $1000s just to do so, at least not to cover the basics! We’ve created a series of handpan lessons to cover everything you need to know on the handpan starting from your touch technique to all sorts 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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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 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 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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