(Lachlan Hawkins and Tsoof Baras in studio)
What drum is right for me as a musician?
The first choice is whether to get a drum with fixed tuning or adjustable tuning. If you are mainly going to be playing the drum by itself, then fixed tuning is a great choice. If you are going to be playing with other musicians and need to be able to change the scale you are playing in, then adjustable tuning is the better choice.
What hertz are the drums tuned in?
Our HAPI Drums in fixed tuning are tuned to A4 = 440 hz which is standard Western tuning. HAPI Drums sold in other countries may be tuned to A4 = 432 hz, check with your local supplier if outside the U.S.
HAPI Tuneable Drums can do both A4 = 440 hz and/or 432 hz in the same drum.
What scales are the most compatible with other instruments?
C Major is our higher voiced drum, A Minor and G Major are mid-range voiced, F Major, E Minor and D Minor are low voiced.
C Major Pentatonic. Ranges
from C4 (middle C) to E5. C Major is a very popular musical scale. It
has no flats or sharps. It is also known as a "natural" scale. This drum
sounds great with the
HAPI Slim A Minor, G Major, or F Major scales. It
also pairs up with our
HAPI Origin Drum in the scales of E Minor and D
Minor. And, of course, it sounds wonderful with our
HAPI UFO drum which
is in the full C Major scale. The
HAPI Mini C Major is the exact same
scale as the HAPI Slim C Major. The Slim has stronger bass response but
the Mini has a much smaller shape and strong mids to high. Available on the
Mini and Slim Drums. We also have a full C Major scale (non-pentatonic) available on our UFO Drum.
A Minor Pentatonic.
A widely used musical scale. A Minor is the relative Minor of C Major
and known as a "natural" Minor. Sounds great with Native American flutes
in A. This drum will sound good with the HAPI Slim C Major, G Major, or
F Major scales. It also pairs up great with our HAPI Original drum in
the scales of E Minor and D Minor. And it works well with our HAPI UFO
drum which is in the full C Major scale. Available on the
Known as the "people's key" it is one of the most popular keys in
classical and modern music. This scale is great with guitar because all
of a guitars 6 strings can be played open in G. The banjo is also
usually tuned to G. This drum will sound good with the HAPI Slim/Mini C
Major, Slim A Minor, or Omni F Major scales. It also pairs up with our HAPI
Origin drum in the scales of E Minor and D Minor. You can also enjoy
playing this with our HAPI UFO drum which is in the full C Major scale. Available on the
Slim Drum and Omni Drum.
F Major. This Major scale is on the circle of fifths, which means that it is a commonly used major scale. It has one flat note, it is Bb. Its relative Minor is D Minor and is compatible with Mini/Slim in C Major, Slim in A Minor, and Mini/Origin in D Minor. Available on the Omni Drum.
E Minor Pentatonic.
A popular musical scale. Heavily used in classical acoustic guitar.
This drum will sound great with the HAPI Slim C Major, A Minor, G Major. It also pairs up with our HAPI Origin drum in the
scale of D Minor. And it works well with our HAPI UFO drum which is in
the full C Major scale. Available on the
D Minor Pentatonic.
This scale produces a soothing meditative sound. It sounds great with
the HAPI Slim C Major, A Minor, G Major, or F Major scales. It also
pairs up great with our HAPI Origin drum in the scale of E Minor. And it
works well with our HAPI UFO drum which is in the full C Major scale. Available on the
We offer a lot more scales, if you are looking for something different, click here to see all the options!
Can the HAPI Drums be played by hand?
Yes! It does take practice to learn this technique. One finger is used, to get a clean sound it takes what is called a "percussive stroke or slap". The drum comes with a booklet that explains this technique. It takes most people a few days of practice to master. It is similar to playing a tabla drum.
Here is a good overview of the HAPI Drum that also shows the hand playing technique from Kalani:
Do you have an on-stage microphone solution?
Yes! The Slim, Origin, and UFO Drum have mic ports and can use our duo.flex microphone. This microphone was specially designed just for our drums! Simply install the microphone inside the drum and jack into the side to use. The mic does a great job of accurately picking up the sound and is extremely feedback resistant for stage use. Click here for more info about the microphone.
We do not offer 1 drum with a full chromatic scale because vibrational harmony becomes a big issue. To get a chromatic scale we recommend using 2 drums. For example: Slim in C Major paired with a Tuneable Slim in C, B, Bb, A (tuned to Bb minor). To get a full chromatic scale: UFO in C Major paired with a Tuneable C, B, Bb, A (tuned to Bb minor).
Below is a video by Dylan Muetterties demonstrating the duo.flex mic:
Are there professional music studios using the HAPI Drum?
The HAPI Drum is used worldwide in professional music studios. Including: Lucas Studios, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, Sony Entertainment, EA Games, Warner Brothers, and more!
Here is a beautiful piece of music that Don Macdonald wrote using a HAPI Drum with a choir: