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Sam Maher's Masterclass

Bring your emotions to life

When I was first introduced to the handpan, I was immediately captured by its unique resonance and its ability to portray the emotions that I had inside. The handpan is an incredible tool of communication. Beyond its infinite percussive abilities, there's a real power of this instrument to communicate with people regardless of wether you speak their tongue or not.

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Intermediate to advanced level

Beginner to intermediate level

Intended for players who want to explore advanced techniques.
Handpan video lessons

40 exclusive video lessons

Learn fast and have fun with step-by-step lessons and a progressive course curriculum.
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Introduction
Welcome to my masterclass (1:33)
How to have a soft touch (5:45)
Warm Up & Independence
Introduction (1:07)
The Rhythmic Alphabet (3:16)
Paradiddle (1:51)
Triplet Letters (3:52)
Building a Melody Part #1 (4:58)
Building a Melody Part #2 (3:29)
NYC Metro Song Break Down
Introduction (1:01)
NYC Arpeggio (4:58)
NYC Arpeggio + Downbeat (3:55)
NYC Arpeggio + Chords (3:32)
NYC Arpeggio + Motion (3:41)
NYC Arpeggio + Melody A (2:39)
NYC Arpeggio + Melody B (7:56)
NYC Groove #1 (3:55)
NYC Groove #1 + Opposite Hand Variations (4:59)
NYC Groove #1 + Walking the groove (7:33)
NYC Groove #1 + Ghost notes (9:22)
NYC Groove #2 (3:25)
NYC Groove #2 + Left hand variation (3:32)
NYC Groove #2 + Ghost notes (5:37)
NYC Groove #2 + Chords sequence (4:28)
NYC Groove #2 + Fills (4:34)
NYC Groove #3 (2:50)
NYC Metro Structure (1:10)
Grooves
Introduction (0:50)
3 Chords Groove (6:26)
3 Chords Groove + Percussive Elements (7:21)
Muted Groove (6:14)
Muted Groove + 3 variations (6:55)
Shuffle (7:53)
Shuffle + Variations (4:26)
Drum + Bass (5:28)
Tips & Tricks
Introduction (1:15)
24 notes fill (6:22)
Harmonic fill (7:18)
NYC fill (8:00)
Navigation exercice (2:58)
Coordination exercice (3:13)
BONUS : MasterTheHandpan resources
Here is where it's all happening : MasterTheHandpan Family (1:26)
MTH Blog : Find answers to your questions (2:45)
Check out where the other students are from and add yourself to the map (0:56)
When I was first introduced to the handpan, I was immediately captured by its unique resonance and its ability to portray the emotions that I had inside. The handpan is an incredible tool of communication. Beyond its infinite percussive abilities, there's a real power of this instrument to communicate with people regardless of wether you speak their tongue or not.
My goal is to equip you with the tools and techniques I use to create motion and melody with the handpan.
My style was created on the streets of South America. I sat down for hours, every single day, until my hands were literally bleeding trying to grasp what works, when do people stop and listen... Through the years, I have found a unique way to transfer my emotions into my instrument. Whether you play the handpan for meditation, to stay happy or to bring some sort of pure idea to life, I want to equip you with the tools that I have to be able to make that a reality in your playing.
Sam Maher
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Frequently asked questions

FAQ

What type of loop station will Jeremy be demonstrating and performing with?

In this masterclass, Jeremy will exclusively be using BOSS loop stations, namely the RC-30, the RC-50 (now replaced by the RC-300) and the RC-505.

He considers these to be the most ergonomic plug’n’play units for percussionists.

For instance, they have a microphone input with phantom power, which is not the case for many loop stations. Also, Boss loop stations are used around the world, allowing people everywhere to share advice and experience.
FAQ

I don’t have the same loop station as Jeremy. Is this course still for me?

Though a few buttons and features may be different on your loop station, almost all loop stations have similar characteristics and workflow, and you should be able to follow the entire course.

As most of the operations demonstrated and described are the same on all loopers, Jeremy’s masterclass will give you a deeper understanding of how to refine your sound and build beautiful tracks.
FAQ

What gear is required to follow this masterclass?

To follow this course you will need the following equipment:

Essential:

  • A loop station with an XLR (microphone) input.
  • A decent quality microphone of any brand, with a stand.
  • An XLR (microphone) cable.
  • A pair of headphones or an amplifier to connect to your loop station’s output.

Recommended:

  • Because there is a section on sculpting your instruments with EQ (equalization), a mixer desk with EQs on each channel is desirable. 
  • Because there is a section about FX (effects), owning pedals (octaver, delay, reverb, etc.) is also desirable, especially if they are similar to Jeremy’s. (Note that you will receive a full list of Jeremy’s gear as part of the course.)

Optional:

  • Additional instruments other than your handpan (e.g. cajon, keyboard, jaw harp, or any other instrument).

Reading this article will help you choose equipment according to your budget.

FAQ

What if I’m missing some of the gear listed above?

Are you missing essential gear?

This course will inspire and guide you in the purchase of your first looping equipment.

  • Reading this article will help you choose equipment according to your budget.
  • When you enroll in the course, you will access the full list of equipment used in the masterclass. Why not treat yourself to some new gear in the near future and come back afterwards to enjoy the course in its fullest?

Are you missing recommended or optional gear?

  • Remember that this is a broad and insightful sound/effects/looping course with lots for any musician to take away, whether you have a basic or advanced setup. It was designed with the knowledge that many of the participants will not own the same equipment as Jeremy.
  • Because when you enroll in the course you get lifelong access to Jeremy’s Masterclass, you can start by learning from his experience and gaining inspiration. Later on, when you are able to purchase new gear, you will be able to come back to specific sections and put them into practice. To help you with this, you will receive a full list of Jeremy’s gear as part of the course.

This isn’t a stuffy course. Here's why.

Handpan tutorials are recorded from above

Videos that finally make sense.

All lessons are shot from above. No more complicated reverse thinking that melts your brain. Every pattern is shown slowly and progressively so you can study your teacher’s hands.
Track your progress

Progress at your own pace. On your terms.

Dip into each lesson whenever you want, finish whenever you want. Play each lesson as many times as necessary and keep track of your overall progress to stay motivated.

Join our community to keep learning.

MasterTheHandpan is more than an online course. All students can join a private Facebook group. It’s the perfect place to get to know other players, share your progress and keep learning.
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100% compatible with your handpan

100% compatible with your instrument.

This course is designed to be fully compatible with all handpans and tongue drums, as long as you have a central note (ding). Watch the explanation.

Top 3 reasons why you'll love this masterclass:

Break down Sam’s infamous NYC subway composition into fundamental rhythms and techniques and learn creative ways to use them in your playing.
Discover some of Sam’s best grooves and gain insights into his songwriting process to help you develop your improvisational flow and create your own style.
Explore Sam’s tricks and techniques for crafting melodies, playing syncopated rhythms and improving your speed and coordination.

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