For me, the Hang offers a path to freedom; freedom from thinking about scales, keys, notes, and many of the fundamentals that are normally associated with music theory and left-brain activity. This makes it slightly easier for me because I don’t like to think about that stuff when I play, but this freedom comes with some responsibility and a new challenge for me: to yield rather than to dominate; to approach the instrument with curiosity over virtuosity; to explore the nature of the instrument rather than impose too many pre-conceived ideas over it. When I see the Hang in this context, anything can and does happen. – Matt Venuti
A few days ago the American Musician and Hang player Matt Venuti published an article on his website where he answers some of the frequent questions that people ask him about the Hang.
- How old is the Hang and from what culture did it arise?
- Is the Hang easy to play?
- Can the Hang be played with other instruments?
- What kind of instrument is the Hang?
- Why is it so difficult to obtain a Hang?
“The Hang, an instrument for our time” by Matt Venuti is one of the rare publications reflecting player’s experiences with the quite new Free Integral Hang. It explains an approach to the instrument that for some people seem to be “other-worldly” if compared to the usual musical context and may help to close some information gaps especially for English speaking readers.