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Applied Music Theory for Handpan

Music theory is fun and extremely useful! 😁

If you want to...

improve your understanding of music

create intersting harmonies and make your compositions more colorful

be able to recreate musical ideas

communicate more effectively with other players/musicians

then this Course is perfect for you!


Music Theory not only has countless benefits, it's also so much fun! Baran is an amazing teacher and human being and will take you on a journey to discover chords, scales, harmonies and more to enrich your handpan playing!

David Kuckhermann



Baran Yildiz teaches the core principles of music theory with a strong focus on practical applications on the handpan

Course Length:

100 video lessons

2.4 How to build a scale

Part 1 - Introduction

Part 2 - Modes and Scales

Part 3 - Chords

Part 4 - Chord Progressions

Part 5 - Other Types of Chords

Part 6 - Extending Scales, Modal Interchange and Borrowing Notes

Bonus Videos: Practice and Composition Tips


With this course you will...

learn the fundamentals of music theory

play melodies, chords and progressions that you didn't know before

build strong foundations for your compositions

write compelling and colorful stories on the handpan

extend the scale of your handpan and incorporate playing with multiple handpans

Your Instructor

Baran Yildiz is a Sydney based multi-instrumentalist and his music combines melodies and rhythms of the Anatolia, Middle East and Africa with a modern touch on the hand pan, piano and other percussion instruments.

Baran was originally trained in classical piano during early childhood. He continued his musical training at the conservatorium during school and his passion has led him to pursue further education in music theory at some of the world's leading music institutions.

Baran has gradually become a contemporary world music composer and released two albums: ‘Interbeing’ (September 2019) and Bridging Worlds (October 2023), blending various modern world and neo-classical music elements.

Baran pushes the boundaries of the handpan instrument through the power of music theory, experimenting with different melodic layers and collaborating with other leading instrumentalists. He is regularly invited to perform at the leading world music venues and festivals across Australia.

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