Human beings are extremely busy individuals as life keeps throwing challenges and obstacles at every step that makes us grovel and whine on whether they can be overcome or not but still most are stubborn in their outlook on life as they are used to having things their way.
When it comes to hard work, most of the youngsters are extremely lazy and want things handed over to them on a silver platter while those that slog it out day in and day out to achieve their goals through sheer determination do get fruitful results in due course.
Academics aside, there are extracurricular activities to look forward to that you can perfect if you’re genuinely interested in it like sports and music so we are going to take up the latter for today’s topic by talking about one of the most underrated musical instruments in music history.
Handpan is the chosen topic for today and it is a group of musical instruments that has the size and shape of a cymbal but is usually played among a group that is taken as a subset of steelpan so before going ahead, let’s gain some knowledge about its parent instrument.
Steelpan is a percussion instrument that has the appearance of India’s Ghatam that originated from Trinidad and Tobago that is located in the Caribbean islands and the musicians that play it are called pannists which is used regularly in the symphony orchestras in Birmingham and are considered the life and soul of musical concerts.
The handpan has acquired its moniker from the hand instrument that has the shape of a modern day drum, which is why it is also termed hand drum among the musicians that regularly work on these instruments.
The popular theory surrounding handpans is that it isn’t worthy enough to be considered as a musical instrument because of its peculiar appearance but those that have played it vouch for the fact that it is no less effective than a cymbal, trumpet or saxophone.
Well, some people might not like the sound that they make but that doesn’t take away the fact that they are instruments of the highest order and became known to the world around 2007 when Pantheon Steel, a steelpan producer in the US launched it on their website to make people aware of its existence and give them the credit that they duly deserve.
If you are thinking of buying a handpan, you just need to look it up online and take care to buy it at an affordable price as there are certain brands that sell it at a higher price whereas they range from $1500 to $3000 USD.
Certain people are confused on which handpan to buy as they haven’t seen or heard much about it so you just go to a shop and start trying out a few and purchase the ones that are easy on the eyes and ears.
This can also be done by searching for YouTube videos where musicians are playing the handpan and you might enjoy the sound so take care to do your research on it.