Mainz - Advanced Handpan Workshop Module "Harmony" (2 days)

Sound Sculpture - Handpan Shop
Neutorstraße 10
55116 Mainz
Slightly Advanced, Advanced

If you book two modules, you will receive 1 hour virtually, with three modules 1.5 hours live in the Sound Sculpture Handpan Shop (or virtually).

The Leander Greitemann Masterclass is aimed at all those who have already taken their first steps on the handpan and would like further inspiration.

  • Do you sometimes sit at your instrument and can’t think of anything new?
  • Have you lost your initial enthusiasm and have been playing less or not at all recently?
  • You know a few beat patterns and maybe even a whole song, but it’s not so easy for you to create something new?
  • Would you like to get (even more) into free improvisation, from which real songs emerge?
  • You are inspired by my game and want to know my secret 😉?
  • Do you want to get more out of your head and more into your feelings when playing?
  • Would you like to have endless new starting points for new songs, compositions and improvisation?

If you only answer “yes” to one question, then you’ve come to the right place (and if not, then ask me your questions and we’ll see if they are answered in the masterclass).

The Masterclass consists of three main courses. These are the basic building blocks of all music: rhythm – harmony – melody. You can either book them all one after the other or choose just one topic that particularly interests you. The three courses are logically structured. However, you do not necessarily need the previous courses to keep up with an individual topic. We will offer several rounds. You can also complete the three parts in a different order.


Harmony. Understand the basics of harmony/music theory and apply them on the handpan.

For the first six months, I played the handpan completely free, without paying attention to any notes or chords and harmonies (harmony = the melodious sound of several notes or chords together) in a structured way. In a handpan coaching session, I was then told to see chords and harmonies as the backbone of my playing. That completely changed my approach to the instrument, what am I saying: revolutionized it! Since then I have been playing every day with great enthusiasm and touched by the knowledge of chords and harmonic relationships in the back of my mind. I have now helped many people to completely revolutionize their game with this knowledge. In some cases, I was able to change people’s game more in one hour than they had experienced in a whole week of workshops. This knowledge is valuable for everyone, especially when playing with others and if you own or would like to own a handpan that has more than eight tone fields up to extended scales with 14 or more notes. The content is applicable regardless of the scale you play (Kurd, Celtic/Amara, Pygmy, Sabye…).


We will cover the following topics (and more):

  • What are sounds anyway? Which ones are there and why do I have certain ones on my handpan?
  • Only the necessary basics of music theory: what is a chord, how is it constructed. What do Kurd, Celtic, Pygmy and co. actually mean?
  • What is the difference between major and minor?
  • How can I revolutionize my playing by thinking and feeling in chords and harmonies?
  • How do I find beautiful chord progressions on my Handpan?
  • How can I understand my handpan not just as a drum, but as a harmonic instrument with which I can conjure up touching harmonies?
  • How can I use chords to compose or improvise a coherent song with different elements and dynamics that build on each other (and don’t seem stuck together)?
  • Various beat patterns based on harmonies


The workshop lasts 2 days (!):





15:30 – 16:00: Arrive, browse the Soundsculpture store

16:00 – 18:00: Basics of music theory; notes, chords, scales on the handpan

18:00 – 19:30: Dinner in the city/time for jams in small groups

19:30 – 21:00: What does a chord-based game look like? Practical game in small groups.


09:30 – 10:00: Arrival, spontaneous jams in small groups or alone

10:00 – 12:00: Repetition and consolidation. How do I find chord progressions and how do I create a song as an improvisation or composition?

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break and time to jam

13:00 – 14:30 Open questions, impact workshop, video recording of the most important content, what happens at home?

14:30 End and conclusion



For more information about me, my handpan playing and my teaching, please visit my Instagram channel:


Here’s 70 minutes of handpan music from me in a duet with Malte Marten (improvised playing):




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