The steel tongue drum by HAPI has a unique tone that is created by a tuned vibrating tongue of steel.

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HAPI Steel Tongue Drum- How is it played?

We recommend playing the HAPI Steel Tongue Drum with the pads of your fingers. A wide range of sounds can be created with different techniques. Playing by hand connects you with the HAPI Steel Tongue Drum in the way that traditional drums are enjoyed. We also supply each HAPI Steel Tongue Drum with mallets designed to bring out the pure sound of each note. Our mallets eliminate head slap creating a very clear tone. The arrangement of the notes make going up and down the scale very easy. Also one hand can reach two or three notes simultaneously for chord playing. We have custom designed isolating rubber feet on the bottom of every drum. Set the drum on any surface and still get a great tone!

How is the tone created on a HAPI Steel Tongue Drum?

The steel tongue drum by HAPI has a unique tone that is created by a tuned vibrating tongue of steel. The concept is similar to a wooden tongue drum. When a tongue is quickly and lightly struck with the finger or mallet it vibrates creating sound waves. By changing the shape and length of the tongue optimal vibration and perfect tone is achieved. By arranging the notes in our unique way each note when struck excites surrounding notes that are musically compatible with it. This adds to the harmonic spectrum of the tone. Rather than just one tone we can now create a spectrum of supporting sound for each note. The tone is similar to singing bowls or musical bells which create multiple harmonic overtones. The body of the drum acts as a resonating chamber adding depth to the note.

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HAPI STEEL TONGUE DRUM - Can anyone play one?

Sure! The steel tongue drum product line by HAPI (Hand Activated Percussion Instrument) is ideal for jamming and playing percussive beats. Anyone who wants an easy to play intuitive percussion instrument can play a HAPI steel tongue drum. The note layout of the HAPI steel tongue drum makes it easy to jump right into grooving rhythms. An intuitive arrangement to the notes makes it easy to explore new musical horizons. The strong meditative tones are calming and great for relaxing anytime. And because of its compact design you can take it outside to enjoy on a nature hike or sitting around the campfire in the evenings.

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Our steel tongue drums can, of course, be used in any setting. But, we have broken out some specific uses for them here:

Our Tini Steel Tongue Drum is ideal for music development, hand-eye coordination, memory skills. Our Mini Steel Tongue Drum is great for hiking, camping or taking to the beach. The Aura Steel Tongue Drum is a perfect fit for music therapists, sound therapy and rehabilitation. The Bell is a good fit for your outdoor garden or for folks who love singing bowls. Our Steel Tongue Drum Slim is amazing for yoga, relaxation, stress release. The Origin Steel Tongue Drum is ideal for mindful meditation and sound bath settings. Our Omni Steel Tongue Drum is great for focus, awareness and intention. Our Handpans are amazing for sound studios, recording artists, buskers and musicians.  Check out our steel tongue drum Gift Guide here.

Why choose a steel tongue drum by HAPI?

We created the HAPI Steel Tongue Drum in 2008. The original and best sounding steel tongue drums on the market today. We have many features that enhance our steel tongue drums.

Musical Steel. We use high quality musical steel when producing all of our drums.
Sound Quality. Each and every steel tongue drum we sell, every single note on every drum, is hand tuned by us for pitch accuracy.
Rubber Feet. Installed on our drums is a set of sound isolating rubber feet. This allows the drum to be played in your lap or on any surface for enjoyment.
Bottom Sound Port. The bottom sound port allows the sound to escape and releases the tone from the body so that the notes do not overlap each other.
Dampening System. Additional dampening of the notes and steel tongue drum body is required to keep these drums from becoming discordant. We have developed a breakthrough proprietary technique built into each HAPI Steel Tongue Drum which provides excellent resonance while supplying the correct amount of dampening.
Mallets. We supply each steel tongue drum with mallets designed to bring out pure tone.
Instruction Booklet. Each HAPI Steel Tongue Drum inlcudes a complete instruction booklet on how to play the drum.
Pentatonic Scales. The word "pentatonic" comes from the Greek word pente meaning five and tonic meaning tone. It is a musical scale that consists of five notes within one octave. Because of their arrangement, pentatonic scales are often used to introduce beginners to music. You don't need a musical background to enjoy a HAPI Steel Tongue Drum. There are no wrong notes. You can play any note in any order and the drum will sound great.
Reliability. We offer fast reliable shipping via UPS and USPS from Oakhurst, California.
Satisfaction Guaranteed. Your satisfaction is very important to us. We guarantee satisfaction on every product we sell.

Why is the HAPI Steel Tongue Drum unique?

We have created some unique design parameters that make the best possible steel tongue drum. Our Patented (D620,041S) note layout adds harmonic tones to each note when played. This creates a more complex and musical tone to each note. By placing low notes next to the appropriate higher notes we achieve multiple harmonics. Their vibrations create desirable overtones which compliment the timbre of the tone. We use a compact Steel Tongue Drum body that easily fits in your lap. We have tested the sound quality of different types of steel and use a unique mixture of alloying elements to achieve the best sound possible.

How is the HAPI Steel Tongue Drum different from a Hang?

Our original inspiration for the HAPI drum came from the Hang. The Hang (pronounced hong) was developed in 2000 in Berne, Switzerland by Felix Rohner and Sabina Scharer of PANArt. The Hang is a hand played steel instrument that is typically used resting on the musicians lap. The Hang is made from two deep drawn nitrided solid steel sheets that are shaped and attached together. The Hang uses some of the same physical principles as a steelpan but with a nitrided surface. The steel is relatively thin at 1mm. The domes vibrate at different tones and harmonics depending on the size and shape that is hammered into the steel. The Hang usually has a total of 9 notes. An eight note pentatonic or hexatonic scale around the sides and a lower "ding" note in the middle. We also make handpans, more info is available here.

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