Hand Pans

Hand Pan Lessons!

Want to try a hand pan before spending $2000?  Or, maybe you just can’t wait months or years to get your own. Taking lessons or classes is a great way to get started.

You’ve seen the viral videos online.  Now you can finally try a hand pan for yourself!  I’m teaching private lessons on hand pans.  You can use one of my hand pans during your lesson. Then, I’ll give you materials and patterns to practice before your next lesson.

The Hand Pan, also called Hang Drum, Space Pan, or Halo, ( as well as handpan or spaceman) is becoming a very popular instrument. Many builders have wait times of several months or even years.  It’s unique sound and relative ease of play makes it a great instrument to make music by yourself or with others.

The lessons will be on Monday and Wednesday night and are $30 each. I have just a couple hours open right now for just a select number of hang drum students.

Hand Pan Lessons

Hand Pan Classes!

We are still trying to get enough instruments to get classes started. There is a long waiting list for these amazing instruments so getting 3 or more takes a long time.

Hand Pan Rental

I’ve ordered several more hand pans so rentals will be available by 2018. To get on the waiting list for one of these please send me an email at rmsteelbands@mac.com.

Get on the Waiting List

More about Hand Pans

Where to purchase a hand pan?

There are a few places that I recommend.  I know there are others out there but these are the ones that I KNOW are good quality. In fact I am become a distributor for Dave’s Island Instruments. We should have our first batch of hand pans in around December of 2017.

Pantheon Steel

Dave’s Island Instruments

Which pattern is best?

Every hand pan maker offers several different instruments with a variety of sounds.  Most have either 8 or 9 notes and built on a variety of pentatonic scale or hexatonic scales. The pans are designed to sound good but you usually can’t play simple melodies like Twinkle Twinkle  Little Star.

Even though you won’t be able to play a lot of typical songs that use a full, major scale all these notes are are designed to sound good together.  Pretty much anything you play will sound good.

So, when you are starting out I wouldn’t worry too much about which pattern you’re playing.  Work on the technique and learn how to play the pan in general. If you switch to a different layout someday you’ll quickly learn the ins and outs of the new pan.

What name is correct?

Hand pan is the best, most widely accepted name.  But has there ever been an instrument with more names?  Hang drum, hand pan, handspan, halo, Halo drum, space pan, spacepan.  I mean, we can’t even agree if spacepan is one or two words! Regardless, the best and most widely accepted name is hand pan.

The same confusion exists around who actually invented the instrument. I’m not going to try to settle this argument here and now. Instead, I’ll just include a few links on the topic:

http://www.amsteeltonguedrums.com/more-detailed-information/history-of-handpans

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hang_(instrument)

Favorite Hang Drum Videos

Over the past few years about 25 people have posted this video to my FaceBook page. With millions of view, it’s the most viral hang drum videos.

Here is Daniel Waples taking hand pan to another level, great coordination