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Handpan with several sound fields: Is it worth the upgrade ?

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Handpans have gained popularity in recent years, and rightly so! These fascinating instruments offer a unique and versatile sound that can be relaxing as well as inspiring and energizing.

However, there are many different factors to consider when choosing a handpan, including the size, tuning and number of tone fields.

While handpans with 10 or more tone fields offer more possibilities for melodies and chords, they also tend to be more expensive and a little more complex to understand. Handpans with 9 tone fields or less, on the other hand, are easier to learn and more affordable, but still offer a rich variety of sounds.

So when is it worth buying a handpan with multiple tone fields?

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  • You are an experienced musician: If you already have experience with another musical instrument, you will find it easier to learn a handpan with more tone fields.
  • You want to explore different musical styles: With more tone fields, you have more opportunities to explore different scales and chords, allowing you to play a wider range of musical styles.
  • You want to play with other musicians: If you want to play with other musicians, a handpan with more tone fields is useful as it gives you more opportunities to harmonize with the other instruments.

When is a handpan with fewer tone fields more suitable?

  • You are a beginner: If you are new to making music, a handpan with fewer tone fields is a good choice as it is easier to learn and play.
  • You have a limited budget: Handpans with fewer tone fields are usually cheaper than handpans with more tone fields.
  • Their focus is on percussive playing: Handpans with fewer tone fields limit the tonal possibilities,
    so they encourage percussive playing, usually strongly determined by detail-focused "fingerstyle."

Ultimately, the decision whether to buy a handpan with more or fewer tone fields is a personal one. There is no right or wrong answer, and it's important to consider your own needs and preferences.

Additional tips:

  • Listen to different handpans before you buy. This will give you a feel for the different sounds and tunings that are available.
  • If possible, try out different handpans before you buy one. This way you can make sure you find an instrument that feels good and is comfortable to play.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. There are many knowledgeable people in the handpan community who will be happy to help you choose the right instrument.

Handpan World offers a wide selection of handpans with different pitches, tunings and sizes. Visit our store to find the perfect instrument for you!

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