Handpanis the term commonly used for a new generation of musical instruments, belonging to the family of steel pans and meaning steel pan played by hand.
What is a Handpan?
There are several types of Handpans, developed over the years from the original instrument invented in Switzerland in 2000. The steel drums played in Trinidad and Tobago are also a kind of pan. While the Caribbean steel drums are played with sticks, Handpans are meant to be played with the hands.
How is it made?
The Handpan is typically constructed by two circular half-shells of sweet steel joined together at the rim in order to leave a hollow interior, resulting in the characteristic curved shape. The top shell is sculpted in different sound areas, extremely sensitive to the touch. There’s the central note, known as “Ding”, and a variable number of note taps, in a number usually from eight to seven, hammered around the surface and tuned on a single scale.
How do you play it?
Handpans are usually played by hand in the lap, engaging the player in a new, sensory way.
Rhythm, melody and harmony, combined in a single flow.
How to play the Handpan
Just one rule- trust your intuition
Playing an Hanpan 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.
Soothe your Mind
Balance body and soul with Handpan music
Handpan music is widely used during Yoga sessions, Reiki treatments and Healing practices for its power to soothe, rebalance, and center the Mind and the Soul.
Handpan music is believed to heal and energize the Chakras, the centers of Prana, the vital energy in Hindu and Buddhist traditions, helping to achieve spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
Handpan's frequency at 432 Hz has an immediate relaxing impact during Mindfulness sessions and personal Meditation, helping to reach a enhanced state of consciousness and boosting focus and emotional balance.
The synergy of Rhythm and Melody make Handpan music a powerful therapeutic aid in both traditional and alternative healing practices, such as Music Therapy, Reiki treatments, Sound Baths and rituals of personal Healing.
Experience a different state of Mind
Learn more about 432 Hz Tuning and why we offer it on Battiloro Handpan range
Music tuned at 432 Hz is softer and brighter, enhancing a deep state of relaxation of body and mind.
Matter is made of energy, meaning that everything in the cosmos literally vibrates on a subatomic level. The rate per second of a vibration constituting a wave is called Frequency, and it is measured by Hertz (Hz). Human ears can only perceive a limited range of frequencies, from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
What is 432 Hz?
The 432 Hz tuning is no novelty among musicians. It has been used for centuries by ancient cultures, and is also used with many traditional instruments currently used in Tibet, such as Gongs and Buddhist Singing Bowls. All classical music by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Verdi was originally composed and performed using the standard of 432 Hz. More recently, 432 Hz music has been explored by many contemporary artists, such as Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. Since 1953, however, the international standard of Western music was set at 440 Hz. Most modern music uses this pitch.
Why we offer 432 Hz tuning on Battiloro Handpans
432 Hz is the frequency pitch of the Universe. As a cultural convention, 440 Hz tuning does not naturally allow us to be in harmony with the frequencies of Nature. Allowing your body and mind to resonate with a sound which is harmonic to your own cell frequency has numerous positive effects on heart-beat rate and stress levels, enhancing emotional balance and promoting relaxation and a general sense of well-being.