HAPI Drum - Origin

Product Code: MITP050
Price: £329.00
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Features:

  • Hand Activated Percussion Instrument! Anyone who wants an easy to play intuitive instrument can play one
  • You don't need a musical background to enjoy it
  • The HAPI drum is ideal for jamming and playing percussive beats
  • The note layout of the drum makes it easy to jump right into grooving rhythms
  • Enjoy creating a soothing harmonic journey with your HAPI drum
  • Weight: 5.5 kg
  • Size: 30 x 20 cm
  • Now with Free Travel Bag, sized to fit the HAPI Drum and mallets perfectly.

Description

Hand Activated Percussion Instrument!

Anyone who wants an easy to play intuitive instrument can play one. You don't need a musical background to enjoy it. The HAPI drum is ideal for jamming and playing percussive beats. The note layout of the drum makes it easy to jump right into grooving rhythms. Enjoy creating a soothing harmonic journey with your HAPI drum. You will love being able to add a melodic component to your beats. 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 and enjoy it in nature. Your next camping trip will not be complete without a HAPI time around the campfire. 

The unique tone of the HAPI drum 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 a 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. An opening port in the bottom of the drum serves three functions. The bottom hole allows the sound to escape and increases the volume. It releases the tone from the body so that the notes do not overlap each other too much. This is especially desirable for faster playing. It allows the player to open or close the port with their lap and chose different resonance levels for a different effect.  Additional dampening of the notes and drum body to keeps the drum from becoming discordant and “ringy”. The breakthrough proprietary technique built into each drum provides excellent resonance while supplying the correct amount of dampening.

How is it played? 
We recommend playing the HAPI 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 drum in the way that traditional drums are enjoyed. A minimal amount of force creates a big sound on our drums. We also supply each drum with mallets designed to bring out the pure sound of each note. The supplied 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. It is best to play the HAPI placed in your lap or on a surface that is not made of wood.

What keys are available?
HAPI Drums are available in 6 different scales, in the Keys of either E or D. The Pentatonic scale allows players with or without a musical background to be able to play any note combination and still produce a beautiful sound. You can choose from the Major or Minor scales for each Hapi drum, or the new Integral Scale. The Major Scales produce a happy carefree sound and goes well with a variety of musical instruments. The Minor Scales produce a more soulful introspective sound, but like the major scales, they can be played in a variety of styles, from melancholy to very lively.

The HAPI drum weighs 5.5kg. and the dimensions are 30cm across by 20cm high. Each Drum comes with a pair of synthetic "ball" mallets that are specifically handmade for the drum.


Now with Free Travel
Bag, sized to fit the HAPI Drum and mallets perfectly.

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We want you to be totally satisfied with your purchase, so if any instrument doesn’t meet your expectations, please return it to us within 14 days of purchase for a refund or exchange.

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