Be aware of the latest and the first-class musical instrument – Hang Drum!

Many people these days have a crush on the musical instrument hang drum in the idiophone genre by Sabina Scharer and Felix Rohner in PANArt Hangbau AG Company in Bern, Switzerland.  This musical instrument is created after years of research on musical instruments such as steelpan. This instrument is made of two half-shells of nitrided and deep drawn steel sheet joined together at the rim. There is a hallow space inside this musical instrument and a distinct UFO shape. The top side of this musical instrument is known as Ding. This side has an ideal centre note that is hammered into hang instrument. There is totally eight or seven tone fields perfectly hammered around the centre of hang drum instrument.

The bottom of hang drum is called as Gu. This plain surface has a rolled hole in the center and a tuned note. This tuned note can be created with the struck rim.  Even though the hang uses some physical principles of Steelpan, this musical instrument is different in terms of how it acts as a Helmholtz resonator. Inventors of the hang continuously upgrade various aspects of this musical instrument on a regular basis.  Players of the hang, musical instrument have to place it on their lap and use their hands and fingers to play it instead of mallets. The overtone-rich sound from this musical instrument pleases all listeners who fall in love with warm and soft music rather than bright sound from the steelpan with the mallet.

As a beginner to the hang drum at this time, you may have different ideas and ever-increasing interests to be aware of how musicians use this instrument. The Ding side of this musical instrument produces the sound like harmonically tuned steelpans, bells or harp. The player of hangdrum instrument has to use the most suitable pattern of left and right hands for striking tone fields when he or she likes to descent or ascend the scale.  There are different overtones in each tone field especially in the flattened field when the dome is at the center. Successful players of the hang can produce the overtone that is tuned to an octave and also a fifth above that octave. The same orientation across the fields available on each hang plays a leading role behind the production of highlighted, extracted or muted overtones as per where and how musicians strike the tone field of the hang.

The bottom portion of the hang is called as the Gu.  The round opening in this bottom portion of the musical instrument produces a Helmholtz resonance along with the air available in the hollow space. This sound production is similar to the udu or ghatam. There are some adjustments in the Gu size in the free integral hang and integral hang in the second generation of this musical instrument.    Cross complexities’ subtle layers are introduced by such adjustments in the hang and available in the resonance of the hang as notes played on its ding side.