Clearly, 2000+ drums are profound, we’re a little one-sided about the greatness of steel tongue drums. We trust you can choose for yourself whether the steel tongue drum is the “awesome” instrument for you.
Here, we’ll talk about the qualities and advantages of the actual drum that have propelled long-lasting fixations across societies and ages to make wonderful sound encounters.
1) IT’S THE PERFECT INSTRUMENT FOR BEGINNERS
How could it be that a sounds lovely regardless of who is playing whether novice or master performer?
A steel tongue drum is an instrument that has just notes that are entirely on top of one another, as a component of a scale (explicit series of notes). This implies that practically any blend of notes (harmonies) or arrangement of notes (tunes) will be fit and sound great to the ears.
Look at our Beginner Scales Collection assuming that you really want suggestions. Visit our Virtual Drum to play each scale utilizing your PC console to see with your own eyes and look at the How To Play page. At the point when you buy a Huashun steel tongue drum, you get two hours of video examples included with your buy!
2) EASILY LEARN TO IMPROVISE OR AD-LIB
The perfect tuning of our scales allows the beginner to easily learn to improvise patterns of notes (melodies, licks or riffs) and groups of notes played at once (chords) that feel and sound good without having to learn how to read music or understand music theory.
Practicing is made even easier because of the layout of notes on a Huashun one progresses the notes in a left and right pattern up the drum that doesn’t skip around. This makes it easier both to move around the drum while playing, and to remember patterns you enjoy.
Check out the feel of this relaxing music made on the fly by improvising on the E Big Bear Scale.
And remember, included in your purchase of Huashun is two hours of video lessons which includes subjects that will help you get up to speed quickly so you can begin improvising and finding your creative voice on the steel tongue drum.
3) Steel Tongue Drum Is A Bridge To Finding Your Voice
Instead of having to first learn music theory to make the notes and chords harmonized as with many other melodic instruments, you get to focus simultaneously on rhythm patterns and subtleties in dynamics (soft, loud, tone, texture), often without realizing it!
As a result, your playing develops quality and character, storytelling or song-writing with all these qualities comes easily, and jamming with other musicians becomes accessible. You’ll begin to notice that your playing has a unique quality, personal to your expression.
4) IT NEVER GETS OLD
Even with 9 notes, there are enough notes in our scales that, when combined in slightly different order or when played even with a different rhythm, they offer a huge diversity of feelings, moods, or “vibes” which keeps things exciting.
Not only that, but the range of tones and sounds available on a Huashun are limitless. Most hand-pan players prefer to use the hands to play as this offers the greatest range of sounds. This is because more complexity is possible through making chords with two fingers at a time and through using more dynamics thanks to the versatility of the human hand. The pads of the fingers, for example can produce a huge range of sounds that are very different from the sounds produced by the sides of the fingers or knuckles, or palms of the hand.
5) IT’S A GATEWAY INSTRUMENT
We think a gateway instrument to more musical experiences is a good thing. The physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of developing a relationship with playing music are endless.
This diversity and playability of a steel tongue drum allows you to quickly expand in your ability to translate feeling into rhythm and melody. What’s more, your ability to relate to many instruments and styles of music can lead you to musical collaboration in the form of jamming, or recording your instrument to mix with other instruments to create a track. We even offer a hookup to add to your drum if you think you may end up wanting to record your Huashun!
6) MEDITATION & SOUND HEALING
We’ve all heard of meditation by now and maybe you’ve tried it. Perhaps you didn’t know that playing an instrument is also a form of meditation, especially when played with that intent and refined in a personal practice.
Sound healing is rooted in ancient tradition across many cultures that takes the form of personal spiritual practice to group ceremony. Nowadays, especially in Western culture, credentialing and standards of practice have emerged based in these traditions because of the myriad health benefits many have experienced in various formats of treatment.
Steel tongue drums are used by sound healing practitioners, yoga teachers, music therapists, and school teachers. Huashan drums can be used in combination with other instruments such as singing bowls, tables, gongs, didgeridoos, and chimes. They also combine well with a variety of other instruments such as tempura, n’goni harps and harmoniums.
Our many customer testimonials speak to the profound effects of playing Huashu on their own well-being and even that of their children, pets, plants, elders, clients, and patients!
7) Huashu STEEL TONGUE DRUMS CAN FLOAT!
You read that right. Inspired by the sacred waters that flow in our neck of the woods, the as designed to be played while floating.
The sound quality you get while playing a Huashu in water is utterly magical. You will want to take this with you into the bath by candlelight, out to the pool, into the creek and hot spring.
26 AUG, 2020