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METAHANG

Musical Education, Training & Apprenticeship For Handpan Instruments

In-Person & Online

MetaHang Seminar with Laura Inserra
An homage to the Hang's 20th anniversary

Sunday May 2nd, 2021 11am-2pm PT, via Zoom

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Released officially in 2001 by PanArt, the Hang is a sound sculture that is consider the first new millenium instrument. I am excited to invite you to participate to this MetaHang Seminar and explore together this amazing instrument and some rudiments of the language of music.

 

I have been playing the Hang since 2003. From the beginning, my intention has been to develop an approach appropriate and inherent to the instrument itself instead of imposing any pre-existing percussive method. Over the years, this allowed me to develop a unique technique called MetaHang.

 

During the seminar we will look at the Hang history and its 20 years of evolution, we will explore its potential and enchanting musicality, and we will learn the basics of the MetaHang Technique, a method that extends beyond the Hang and allows you to play any hand-pan instrument.

 

I will teach you different ways to handle, hold, and play the Hang, how to create rhythms and keep the tempo in your body, how to play with no tension and build muscle memory, how to understand music through playfulness and active listening. You will also be introduced to my Structured Improvisation Technique, which will allow you to play music while practicing, to compose while improvising, to release tension while immersing your body in music, and to express yourself - as music becomes an expression of your emotions. 

Open to Students of all Levels

Program
  • The basic knowledge and Rudiments of the Hang and the HandPan instruments (where and how to strike, how to protect your hands, the melodic and percussive properties, the modal scale, the different sounds in-between the notes, etc.).

  • The Ding side (top side with the notes), the Gu side (bottom side with the hole), the Upright Technique.

  • The Language of Music (patter/repetition/variety, rhythm, melody, dynamics, silence, etc.)

  • The basic elements of Rhythmic Theory (the embodiment of the pulsation, pulse versus rhythm, accents, groove, divisions and inner subdivisions, ghost notes, etc.)

  • The basic elements of Melodic Theory (melodic lines, arpeggio, music dialogues, etc.)

  • The basic elements of the MetaHang Technique® (fingers’ strike, alternation and swinging technique, gravitational cadence, anticipation of the movement, anchors, Ergonomic Gestures Technique, Structured Improvisation Technique, Damping/Smorzato technique, Upright Technique, etc.)

  • Exercises in 3, 4, and 12/8 beats

  • Muscle Memory and Cognitive Memory: The different ways to count

  • Keeping the Tempo: Inner Pulse and Anchors

  • Building a Musician Mind

  • How to create Simple Compositions

  • Music as the Language of Emotions

MetaHang

Music Education, Training & Apprenticeship for Hang and HandPan Instruments

 

M.E.T.A. Program has 3 levels and certificates: Intermediate / Advanced / Master

The Intermediate Level requires:

  • To know and practice the Language of Music (pulsation, rhythm, melody, dynamics, timbre, silence, etc.)

  • To know and practice the basic elements of Rhythmic Theory (embodiment of the pulsation, accents, groove, divisions and inner subdivisions, even and odd rhythms, syncopation, ghost notes, triplets, polyrhythms, etc.)

  • To know and practice the basic elements of Melodic Theory (melodic lines, arpeggio, refrain, music dialogues, etc.)

  • To know the basic elements of the MetaHang Technique® (all fingers’ strike, swinging technique, gravitational cadence, anticipation of the movement, anchors, Ergonomic Gestures Technique, Structured Improvisation Technique, damping/smorzato technique,  etc.)

  • To build a Musician Mind

  • To be able to create and play simple Compositions

  • To be able to play as a soloist and in a duo

  • To be able to perform in front of a small audience

 

The Advanced Level requires:

  • To have reached the Intermediate Level

  • To know and practice Music Theory (measure, music annotation, rhythm, melody, harmony, chords, major and minor scales, etc.)

  • To have established a Musician Mind

  • To be able to play the Gu side

  • To practice advanced elements of the META HANG Technique (roll, embellishments, HANG Upright, etc.)

  • To be able to play Harmonics

  • To use music as the Language of Emotions

  • To be able to perform in front of a big audience

 

The Master Level requires:

  • To have reached the Intermediate and the Advanced Level

  • To be able to compose and play with the the META HANG Technique

  • To be able to play fast with ease

  • To be able to do Music Analysis

  • To be able to write and play complex Compositions

  • To be a Virtuoso with the HandPan Instruments

  • To be able to teach the META HANG Technique

  • To be able to perform in public venues and in big ensembles

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A music sculpture, an instrument that allows you to express yourself musically and enjoy the dance of your hands.

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Learning music and percussions through active listening,

linear structures and self-expression.

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Learning to use sound and music as a transformative tool and to create immersive sound experiences for wellbeing.

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