Wooden tongue drums have an old tradition in the South Seas. A hollow trunk or wooden box serves as a resonance body. One or more tongues are cut out at the top. These exposed areas of wood vibrate when struck and create a very earthy sound. Different tones are created depending on the size of the tongue.
A further development from this are the metal tongue drums such as the Hapi-drum.
Similar to a steel drum, the Hapi is made of a metal body that is not concave but convex.
Tongues are cut into the metal body on the top, which can be played with mallets or by hand.
The spherical shape creates very round vibrations of the tones, which linger for a long time.
The Hapi is tuned pentatonic.
Due to the pentatonic mood and the soft, swinging sounds, the Hapi encourages improvisation, meditation or just to dream.
The Hapi is available in different versions:
Hapi: in a low pitch, green surface
Hapi slim: medium pitch, black surface
Hapi mini: high pitch, copper-colored surface
There are different tuning sequences in each pitch.
The most popular tuning for the hapi in the low register is pentatonic D minor, which builds up a calm, softly vibrating harmonic sound.
Very beautiful and somewhat more appealing is the tuning in D-Akebono, a Japanese pentatonic, which does not sound quite as calm as the conventional pentatonic, but builds up a little more tension.
d-minor pentatonic. D - F - G - A - C - D - F - G
D Akebono D - E - F - A - B - D - E - F
Evry Hapi comes with two mallets and a bag.
The Hapi slim is very popular in the tuning A minor. In this key it has a very balanced sound. Also, the key of A minor fits well with medieval and traditional music.
A little lower is the tuning in F major. The major pentatonic seems a bit more cheerful than the melancholic minor pentatonic.
A minor A - C - D - E - G - A - C - D
F major F - G - A - C - D - F - G - A
Each hapi comes with two mallets and a bag
A smaller version of the hapi in a higher pitch ( about 20 cm in diameter ).
8 notes pentatonic
in C major (C - D - E - G - A - C - D - E) or
D-major (D - E - F# - A - B - C - D - E - F#) or
D-akebono (D - E - F - A - B - D - E - F)
Especially exciting here is the D-akebono tuning, which builds up a very exciting sound in the high register.
Bag and mallet included
An ritual instrument at different indigen cultur. Exspecially in sout pacific area it is usual.
At first it was a hollow log, here it is a wooden box, with sawed tongues in the top.
The different length of the tongues makes 6 different notes in pentatonic tuning. So you can play free and easy and the sound is always harmonic.
The sound is very earthy, origen, shamanic. A modern instrument in this style is the Hapi-drum, a tongue-drum made from a metal resonance-box.
A robust instrument wich is good for music practice with small children, Kindergarden or music therapy.
Size: 48 x 18 x 18 cm, inkl. two feltsticks