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BAJAAO India introduces the HAPI Drum (Hand Activated Percussion Instrument) a melodic percussion instrument closely related to the centuries old African log slit drum. It uses metal tongues, rather than wood as in the log slit drum. The HAPI Drum shares its design concept with the wooden tongue drum - a tongue struck with the finger or mallet vibrates and creates sound waves. Different tones are achieved by changing the length of each of the 8 tongues during the construction process. When struck, each note sympathetically excites surrounding notes that are musically compatible with it, adding to the harmonic spectrum and compares favorably to the tone produced by singing bowls.
The drum body serves as a resonating chamber and adds depth to the overall sound.
HAPI drums are typically played with the pads of the finger tips. (although felt beaters are provided) and different striking techniques create a surprising range of sounds. The arrangement of notes makes traversing the scale simple and the compact size of the instrument is such that one hand can reach sufficient notes simultaneously to play chords.
Can anyone play a HAPI?
Sure! 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 drum head layout makes it easy to jump right into grooving rhythms. Enjoy creating a soothing harmonic journey with your HAPI. 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, or kick it up a notch and play hard and fast. 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 HAPI is just as comfortable outside in the park, as it is in the music studio.
What notes are available on the HAPI?
The Pentatonic Scale is a 5-note scale pattern that has been around since 2000 BC. Our standard note layouts use pentatonic scales, meaning that there are NO wrong notes to be misplayed! Each note on the Hapi can be played in ANY order and it will sound musical. This intuitive exploration is also great for non-musicians of all ages, and of course, even skilled musicians will want to explore freeform play, as it is a wonderful way to relax and also can provide sources of unexpected inspiration. The Hapi Drum contains 8 notes, the full pentatonic scale, plus the first 3 notes of the scale an octave higher.
The Akebono scale is a traditional five-note Japanese musical scale. In a Western context, it can be thought of as a pentatonic (five note) version of the Aeolian mode. It can be used in many musical styles and is not limited to Japanese music, see our video demos for a sample.
The Pygmy scale is originally from Rwanda. In a Western context, it can be thought of as a Dorian Pentatonic musical scale, a five note version of the Dorian mode. It can be used in many musical styles and is not limited to African style music, see our video demos for a sample.
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