X8 Pro D Kurd Handpan, Stainless Steel w/ Bag (X8HPDK)

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The unique, ethereal and mysterious sound of the steel handpan captivates everyone. The soothing tones take the listener on a spiritual journey. We're seeing this instrument used in modern, EDM, sound therapy and as musical accompaniment for spiritual activities such as yoga or meditation.

X8 Pro Handpans are made by masters of the trade, crafting and tuning each drum by hand. Play it acoustically or add a pickup to amplify your sound.

This specific drum is tuned with a center note and eight additional notes, allowing artists to create rich, full songs either as a solo artist or as part of an ensemble.

This drum comes in the following configuration:

Material: Stainless Steel (Provides more resonance and natural sustain than Black Nitrite)

Finish: Brushed Steel (Provides more resonance and natural sustain than Gold coated or painted finishes)

Tuning: D Kurd

Center Note: D3 

Tones: D3/ A3, Bb3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4

Handpan Belt Color: Orange

Weight: 10 lb.

Diameter: 23 in.

Height: 10.5 in.

Includes Heavy Duty Padded Case Backpack Bag

The Kurd is a complete diatonic minor scale. Along with the Aeolian scale, it is one of the most complete handpan scales. The name of the scale and its sound come from the Arabic music tradition, where scales, harmonic and rhythmic sequences are called Maqam. We can say that Maqam is synonym for the world scale in our contemporary western music. Each Maqam is made of two or three smaller fragments composed by 4 or 5 notes, known as Jins. The Maqam Kurd is the fusion of the Jins Kurd and the Jins Nahawand, and corresponds to our Phrygian modal scale, the minor mode built over the 3rd degree of a major scale. The Phrygian mode is less common than the Aeolian one (the natural minor), and it is characterized by a deep, Arabian sound thanks to its intervals.
Adding a new tonic on the Ding allows for a double identity of the handpan Kurd scale. On one side, the tonic on the Ding underlines the sound of a natural minor scale; on the other side, the presence of the Maqam Kurd sequence starting from the second lowest note highlights the deep sound of an Arabian scale. The Kurd scale is just as common in western composition and in famous music genres like Flamenco music.


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