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Composition on the Handpan

Creating your own music has never been easier!

If you want to...

create your own music on the handpan

use grooves, melodies, harmonies, bass lines and other concepts to create compositions

learn some music theory on the way

follow a series of practical assignments that guide you through the composition process

then this course is perfect for you!


Hands down, David is the best remote teacher! He goes straight to the point without wasting time. His method is simple and I can’t believe that I’m playing a beautiful song on second day of touching the Handpan! You are amazing David!!!

Ramin Farsad



Course Length:

68 video lessons


1. First Composition

2. Musical Structure

3. Composing from a Groove (Asymmetric Refraction)

4. Creating Long Cycles

5. Compose from a Melody

6. Musical Contrast

7. Compose from a Pattern (Miguel's Lullaby)

8. Phrasing

9. Pedal Tones and Independence (Sound of Viborg)

10. What Does a Note Want?

11. Working with Ostinatos (Dark Red Butterfly)

12. Musical Expectations

13. Intervals

14. Minimal Composition

15. Final Assignment

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With this course you will...

improve your understanding of harmony, rhythm, musical structures and music in general.

compose your own music from various different starting points.

learn lots of examples for musical compositions in different styles.

follow a series of practical assignments and build up a repertoire of your own original music on the way.

learn about music theory on the way in a straight-forward and practical way.

Your Instructor

David Kuckhermann is a Grammy nominated and world renowned handpan player and percussionist based in Berlin, Germany. His musical teaching methods are based on more than 20+ years of playing and professional teaching experience.
He has taught more than 10,000 students from all around the world as the founder of online instrument education schools: Handpan Dojo and World Percussion Academy.

His Youtube channel has more than 10 million views and features a wide selection of performances and educational videos:.

He has performed his solo repertoire in famous concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall in London England, the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley in California and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

He currently tours the world as freelancer, soloist and band-member of Dead Can Dance as well as teaching masterclasses for handpan players and percussionists.

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