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RAV Vast & Tongue Drums

Discover the fascinating world of RAV Vast and tongue drums with Nadishana and David K.

If you want to...

explore the unique world of RAV and tongue drums

develop a repertoire of music and playing techniques

learn straight from Nadishana, who popularised the RAV drum in the handpan world

learn lots of grooves and compositions especially tailored for the RAV

then this course is perfect for you!


Tongue drums are amazing! They are the perfect addition for any handpan player who wants to add another color to their sound palette and in this course we explore the unique features of these beautiful instruments with you!

David Kuckhermann



Starting from the basics, Nadishana and David K take you on a journey to discover RAV Vast and tongue drums.

Course Length:

97 videos

Welcome to the course

Part I - Getting started

1. Basic techniques

2. David's first composition

3. Elements of rhythm

4. Composition in 6/8

5. Intervals and chords

6. Double strokes

Part II - Sound variations

7. Knuckles

8. Playing above and next to the tongue

9. Fingertips and fingernails


11. The Slap

12. Maqsoum

13. David's 2nd composition

Part III - Going further

14. Harmonics

15. Another way to mute

16. Double strokes

17. Fist kick

18. Palm heel stroke and muted slap

19. Bending - tabla technique

20. Double harmonic isolation

21. Groove in 7/8

22. David's 3rd composition

23. Nadishana's final composition

Part IV - More music and practice

24. Arpeggio Backbeat composition

25. Funky fills with double strokes

26. Composition challenge - 3 contrasting sections

With this course you will...

learn lots of new playing techniques

discover the unique sounds on your RAV or tongue drum

expand your musical expression tools

build beautiful patterns and tunes

learn directly from Nadishana and David K

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.

Nadishana (Siberia - Berlin) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and designer of experimental musical instruments.

He's an innovator in the field of contemporary ethnic music and one of the musicians who are shaping and developing the culture of melodic finger percussion (handpan, rav).

The use of odd meters, polyphony, 'split hand' technique, progressive harmonies, complex articulation - are characteristic features of Nadishana's original style.

He elaborated the unique playing technique on each of his instruments and his own approach to advanced digital audio editing called "sound microsurgery".

In 1990 along with studying in Sankt-Petersburg V. Nadishana began his self-education in playing guitar. Then he became seriously interested in ethnic music and mastered himself other instruments: sitar, mandola, chanzy, bouzouki, jew's harp, kou xiang, khomus, morsing, ethnic percussion (tongue drums, hang, udu, frame drums, berimbao etc); winds (bansuri, quena, overtone flutes, kalyuka, zhaleyka, gayda, hu-lu-si, bawu, tsaaj nplaim), fretless bass. Besides he has created some experimental musical instruments: dzuddahord, darbudu, pruzhingum, plastrimbaphon, rablorrum, ghostcatcher, pin-sansa, rod-spring gamelan, banbang etc.

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