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What is a Hang?
August 9, 2015, 2:48 pm

Some instruments, when you see them, do not look like what you had thought. The steel pan from Trinidad and Tobago is one. The Jew’s harp is another. And then there is the Hang. This amazing percussion instrument is, still, unfamiliar to many people.

It was invented a decade or so ago by a Swiss pair, Felix Rohner and Sabina Scharer in Bern, Switzerland. The hang is made of two pieces of metal, then tuned by heating and hammering much like the steel pans of the Caribbean. The Hang, with 8 notes, plus one in the middle, is just as thick as 1mm and made of nitrogen steel.

It comes in two models, the smaller tuned in the key of G, the larger one in B flat. The Hang is played with both hands and there is not a wrong note. Anybody can do it. It has a wonderful sound as well. 

Here are three different ways to play hang, as demonstrated by Ravid Goldschmidt:



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