Product recommendation- A Treble bass guitar

Reuse, refurbish, recycle!

As I type this blog post, I’m channelling every force field and charm to protect my anonymity. If this was a spoken media, I’d be speaking through a pitch changer to disguise my voice/identity, as what I’m going to tell you now is blasphemous, shocking, and out-right shameful…….

Here goes, here is my big admission……. I’ve been playing a regular Electric guitar like a bass guitar!

I know! I’m so embarrassed to admit this fact. I truly think I need to join a police witness protection program, so they can protect me from vengeful Bass players out to get me, for defiling their art form.

But hear me out, please let me explain how all of this came about!

As I had mentioned in a previous ‘Product recommendation’ post, I’d been teaching myself how to play the Bass guitar, as it’s the easiest of all the stringed instruments to learn/master. And in a much older post, I’d disclosed the fact that I’m completely blind……. So let’s just say that the only guitar I’ve properly seen/touched in recent times, has been a Bass guitar. So you can say, all I’ve known has been Bass guitars.

Around 3 years ago, my wife brought home my sister’s old Electric guitar- my sister in her uni days was teaching herself to play and after she moved out of home, the Yamaha was left behind at my parent’s place gathering dust. As my wife is a hella good guitar player (acoustic), she intended to muck around on the electric for a bit of fun. However life got busy and without the luxury of free-time, the electric guitar didn’t get played much and ended up just gathering dust at our place out of sight out of mind.

Fast-forward to the present, I was reading up on Bass guitars, trying to learn if a brand made less heavy Bass guitars. As my biggest complaint to-date with the entire learning experience, has been the shear physical pain of it! It’s almost torturous! I was feeling it in my lower back, in the shoulder blades, in my temples, in my neck, in my finger pads and joints, and cramps in my right bicep (from making a super tight chicken-wing to pluck the strings, as sitting to play, the guitar’s body was just not aligning to my physical make-up). So in short, sitting or standing to play, I couldn’t endure it for long! *head in hands*.

So from my web-browsing I learnt of hollow body Bass guitars, and I also learnt of Short scale bass guitars (there were also Ukulele Bass guitars, but even I will not sink that low to play such an inferior sounding instrument!).

And after watching several Youtube clips where influencers were reviewing a Short scale bass guitar, I was 75% sold on the concept of a bass that sounded like a bass guitar, but was more the shape and size of a standard Electric guitar. But going short isn’t an easy decision to make, as they say ‘once you go short, you can’t go back’. So was I prepared to never be a ‘proper bass’ player because I don’t play the real thing?

So I thought to help me make this decision, I needed to get my hands on a regular Electric guitar, to get a better sense of how it might feel to play. So I pulled out my sister’s old Electric guitar from storage, and it blew my mind!

I just tried playing the songs that I’d learnt, and OMG! It was like discovering that there were automatic cars out there, after only ever driving manual cars. It was like hopping on a travellator for the first time at an airport, when you’re rushing to make a connection (why would you ever walk on non-moving ground ever again!). It was like the discovery of Function Lock on a laptop, so you no longer had to hold down multiple keys to hit Function keys when working in Excel. Suffice it to say, all of a sudden making music became so much easier, so I could focus on playing, instead of just feeling pain- as this was a recreation after all! 

Picking up an Electric guitar to play, it made me feel like I had the biggest strongest hands! Like the frets are actually there in finger’s reach! The strings are actually pliable, so I’m actually able to use other than my index and middle fingers to hold down strings. The weight, the weight! Now the guitar is virtually feather light (in comparison) so I can play standing and simply lose track of time! And the TONE! I’ve turned our amp up to max bass, max bass on the guitar itself, and selected the pickup for max bass. Although it doesn’t sound as deep and full as a Bass guitar’s sound, but it’s surprisingly bassy enough when notes fall on the E-string. And I actually prefer the bright crisper tone of our ‘Treble bass’! All it needs is a couple more strings lower than the E-string, and she’ll be right! Oh hey! I’ve just described the virtues of a Short scale bass. Der.

So yeah, I’m now 100% sold on the Short scale bass, if it’s 85% as easy to play as an Electric guitar! But my wife warns me that the Short scale’s strings will still be just as thick and unforgiving as a proper bass, so there will be a re-adaption period when the time comes. But for now, I’m loving my journey with learning a musical instrument.

Sure, I’m embarrassed to admit to anyone that I’m learning the bass on an Electric guitar. A work colleague told me that he wanted to hear me play, the next time we do a lunch-time catch-up over MS Teams. Now I’m thinking how can I weasel my way out of this one? As he doesn’t know that I’m playing bass on a Treble bass guitar! Oops! But from my perspective, if ‘cheating’ enables me to spend more time learning, practicing, improving, and increasing my love of playing? Is that so bad? Right?

And I hear you ask, ‘what is your end aim with all of this?’ As what is the use of a bass player, when outside of a band? Well, my end aim is to play in our church’s worship team! But before that’s going to happen, I definitely need to increase my competency in the modern-day 4 stringed lyre; get more hours of experience under my belt as you’ve heard of Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘10,000 hour rule’; and I need to pull the trigger on a Short scale bass before I can appear in public as a bass player. Oh yeah, not to mention I also need to gather up the nerves to audition, I heard that the audition criteria and the Worship leader are both hard to satisfy. So yeah…….

So I’d imagine this will go down in 2022, as I have this self-imposed resolution for the second half of 2021 which is to not to purchase another big ticket item until the New Year. As like many, I’m in the habit of immediate self-gratification of my on-line shopping needs. So a Short scale bass will be a 2022 purchase. So for now it’s all about reuse, refurbish, recycle!

You never know, perhaps this post might spark your own reuse, refurbish, recycle scenario? In this day of Covid lockdown and being confined indoors, what do you have lying around your home which you can reuse, refurbish, recycle! That may bring you hours and hours of enjoyment?

Product recommendation- SunPork Fresh Foods

Get some of Dan and Steph’s pork on your fork!

Talk about celebrity power! The only reason we tried SunPork Fresh Foods’ line of sausages, was due to the fact that Dan and Steph from ‘My Kitchen Rules’ were all over the packaging. And aren’t we glad that we did so, from the vast selection of sausages on sale at Coles.

Since trying Dan and Steph’s recipe, we haven’t gone back to any of the other sausage brands. What I like the most about SunPork’s sausages, is that the sausage casing that they use, is super thin and edible!

What I mean is this, for the past couple of years I’ve been using sausages in replacement of meatballs in our pasta dishes. Just because I enjoy the various flavours and the assortment of ingredients on offer in sausages, compared to plain old packaged meatballs.

So what I do, is I cut uncooked sausages into segments, re-shape them into balls and then pan fry them. But most times with other brands of sausages, after pan frying them, the sausage casing remains uncooked. And what happens is, when you’re eating dinner you end up with pieces of elastic inedible casing, which reminds me a bit too much of latex glove fingers, or something worse…….

However SunPork uses a thin sausage casing, and even if you can still identify it after cooking, it’s thin enough to consume. Almost melting in the mouth.

And this up-side is even before getting to the intense flavours of the actual sausages! With most brands, they sound much nicer than they actually are. As most times you can’t taste the ‘wine’, or whatever herb they claim is contain within. However for Dan and Steph’s sausages, you can actually taste the chilli in their Spicy Sicilian sausage, and you can actually taste the herbs in their Farmhouse style sausage. And aside from Dan and Steph’s 2 newer flavours, SunPork also produces the Louisiana style sausage, and a Cheesy BBQ sausage which has runny cheese veins within it! Yum!

We’ve tried them all now, and they’re all great! So if you’d like to get some of Dan and Steph’s pork on your fork, check them out at Coles! Or click HERE to familiarise yourself with what you’re looking out for!

Product recommendation- Apple News+

Can you want something that you don’t want?

Here is my dilemma, I’ve trialled Apple News+, and although the concept is great! I.e. access to hundreds of magazines and newspapers all in one place, but who really has the time to consume all of this content?

The value proposition is there, $14.99 per month to have access to all of these magazines from the US, Canada, UK and Australia- titles which could easily cost upwards of $7.95 each! But you have access to all of them, in the palm of your hand, in an environmentally friendly package!

But have you ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of content that you have? I suspect you’ve felt this way if you subscribe to too many podcasts. You know that feeling of anxiety, when you see the list of unlistened content piling up. And now I’m having the same issue with Apple News+, and it hasn’t even been a month yet!

The first thing after securing News+, was that I went into the list of all the magazine titles, and subscribed to everything which caught my interest (from cooking to cars). But less than a month on, I already have this month’s unread title sitting there (July), and now August’s issue has also made its way onto my unread list. Now I have double the amount of content to work through, we’re talking about upwards of 15 titles. Yikes!

I attempted to read one magazine cover to cover…… still haven’t quite got there yet. And meanwhile I’ve lost my spot. Boo! But here are the 4 reasons why I’m going to maintain News+ beyond the trial period.

Share-ability

I’ve already mentioned how it’s value+ even for just one user, but with family sharing and the ability to share with up to 6 people in your family! That’s value++. If you divided that cost up, that’s $3 per person per month!

Accessibility

Yes, it’s super easy to access, as titles automatically download to your device each month after you’ve subscribed to it. But it’s also blind accessible! Previously there were no means for me to get my hands on periodic print material like magazines, but because my phone talks, and the format of the magazines are in accessible text so my phone reads out the articles to me! All of a sudden, a whole new world is opened up to me! That in itself is priceless! Hey?

One day, one of these days I’m……

Yeah, one of these days I’m going to find myself lost for something to do, perhaps in-between audio books? Perhaps with a spare 20 minutes to burn? And what better, than to read a short article to pass the time? One of these days, it’s going to happen!

It’s just such a darn good product

I’m not exaggerating here, but it really is a great product! Depending on the magazine title, but it may be a proper digital magazine which is interactive (opposed to just a PDF file); the magazine articles are presented as an individual block, thus you can sit back and allow your screen reader to read the article from start to finish, without the need to turn each page, while the reader doesn’t just read and read either, blending together two articles which could be confusing and annoying; all of the print content is in there, including adverts and images so it’s just as good as the real thing; you can share an article with friends (haven’t tried, but the option is there); and to date I haven’t mentioned much about the available newspapers, or the fact that you’ll no longer hit pay-walls on normal Apple News! There’s really so much value for $14.99 per month.

Although I’m going to keep it, however is anyone using it? The main reason why I got News+ in the first place, was for my mum. My idea for her birthday was to buy her an iPad, loaded with magazines that she might be interested in (I think we subscribed to 20 cooking/lifestyle titles on her behalf). But when I checked in with her, she told me that she had tried flipping through one magazine, but found it unnatural. I guess mum is more used to a physical magazine, and being able to flip through quickly and only stopping when something caught her eye. So that’s one family member not using it.

My sister said she preferred to use Google news, preferring to put up with pay-walls than to change news providers.

My wife just doesn’t have the time, and just prefers reading news which friends share on Facebook.

And my dad who I thought would be the biggest fan of News+, he too preferred what he already has (has subscription to Sydney Morning Herald), which he says there is already enough content there to keep him occupied.

So here is my dilemma, I want to keep a product and keep paying for it although it seems that no one wants it! Maybe it’s a reflection of our changing times? People prefer content in small digestible bite sized pieces; people only want what they’re interested in (not spoon fed a 70+ page document); and perhaps people rather watch something than read something (my mum loves Disney Plus, which we also downloaded to her iPad).

The value is definitely there, now it just requires an audience who has the time and patience to read. But if you want to learn more about Apple News+, click HERE! It might be just what you’re looking for! But for now, Apple you can keep having my money, God knows how much you’ve already taken from me.

Product recommendation- Bass guitars

Oh, Covid lock-down blues……

Ok, this isn’t exactly a product recommendation, because I don’t have a product to recommend to you just yet……. But I’m putting forward an idea, a concept, a spark to stimulate your own thinking? It just might help you pass time quicker during isolation.

So a few months back I received my Roland Hand Sonic, a multi-purpose digital percussion instrument, and as I was banging away on it bashing along to tunes off Spotify, I came to the realisation that I actually preferred the bass part of songs, than being the beat…….

Hmmmm, this posed a few problems, as I had just dropped over $1500 on the Roland, and only now at this late stage I’m realising that I prefer to learn how to play the bass guitar, Than Drums!? D’oh!

So I started to watch YouTube tutorials, to find out how difficult (or achievable) it might be to learn; and I was checking online music stores to find out how much a bass guitar can be, to allow me to join this bass playing fraternity. But like fads or phases, after a week or so, I got over it and I didn’t think much more about it.

That was until one Sunday, as we were waiting for church to start, a friend came to us and handed us a bass guitar, “Um, someone said that you guys were looking to learn how to play?” He said, as he handed over the bass guitar which was enclosed in its bass guitar bag to us.

“Um, yeah….” I could only mutter, as it felt so unreal, like I had only been thinking about it, and only my wife knew of this desire to try, but here it was, handed to us solid in my hands. It turned out that my wife had mentioned it to a friend (a bass player), and her second bass was making the rounds around the church, being lent out to people who wanted to tinker around on its 4 steal strings. And now it was my turn to tinker!

First impressions, boy it’s heavy! Carrying it back to the car I was so surprised by its weight. And trying to play it for the first time, boy the strings were stiff and quite painful to press down. And only after a few minutes of mucking around on it, I decided that the bass was probably not for me, as I couldn’t stand the pain on my fingers. I know! I’m a wimp! So I packed it away, and my largest achievement that day, was to find space in our apartment to store it. As we live in a small apartment, and everything has its place, and I hadn’t devised a spot for it during my day-dreamings. But I found a nook for it, and it was now out of sight, out of mind. To be returned back to our friend, the next time we saw them.

However in the first week, I kept going back to the bass, pulling it out and flick at the strings, still not knowing what I was doing. But the turning point was when I started to use a bass guitar pick. Sure, a “proper bass” player would never use a pick, as they’d be using their index and middle fingers to do the walking along the strings, But I simply couldn’t stand the pain! After following one YouTube tutorial, I already developed a blister on my middle finger pad, which annoyed me to the nth degree. But the pick was a vital key in unlocking the next subsequent stage- which was just spending more time playing it.

So after just putting in the time and playing it, I started to get familiar with where everything was. In tutorial one on YouTube, it was all about the E-string, so I’d play every note only using the e-string. Thus I’d move half way up and down the neck, taking way too long to play different notes, until my wife walked in and pointed out: “You do know you can play that same note on the A-string”. And that was turning point No. 2! And an addition to this moment of enlightenment, was my wife’s tip bit that I basically only had to learn 12 notes, and all of them can be played on the E, A and D strings, without going past the 5th Fret. And this piece of wisdom, I believe has been the most important factor in why I’m still humming along, on my journey of learning the bass! Literally and metaphorically.

Now that I knew that the note that I’m looking for, can be found in this small hand span wide area, it has made it so much easier to pick-up a song, and start thumbing along to it, until through trial and error I’ve learnt all the notes for that song.

Other elements which had helped in this learning phase, was adjusting our amp’s setting to max bass and minimum treble- now the bass actually sounds like a bass! Before that, it just sounded like a slightly deeper electric guitar. Secondly it was taking the bass permanently out of its storage nook, and placing it on a guitar stand, thus its easy now to pick up and play whenever the urge comes. And after I got over my marcho-ness and got over needing to play it “like a man”, now I regularly take a seat rather than packing it in after standing for 30 mins and my neck and left shoulder are screaming out to me to stop! Therefore sitting equates to spending more time playing.

To date I’ve learnt the bass parts to 4 songs, and google and YouTube have been a God send! As you can literally find everything you need there, be that learning what key the song is in, or a step by step tutorial in playing the bass part. It’s all there!

And finally, Spotify premium! Nothing like being able to request the song that you want, and play along to it over and over until you’ve perfected the bass part- sounding like you’re one of the band!

So yeah, this latest round of Covid lock-down hasn’t been too bad, as I’ve been spending my indoor time learning a new skill. So Covid blues? No low mood here, just the blues….. of the musical kind. I imagine the next time I post about this, would be a proper ‘Product recommendation’, where I’ve pulled the trigger and purchased my own bass- so this one can be passed on to the next budding bass player.

What I’ve learnt:

  1. Borrow, don’t buy- only after some hands on experience, can you tell if an instrument is right for you. And sometimes it just isn’t for you.
  • Don’t be a man- if I stuck it out and held onto my macho ways, I think I’d given up on the bass after week one. A guitar pick and being willing to sit down to play, has bought me additional time to learn the basics- and now I can build on those foundational building blocks. Maybe in the future I might graduate to big boy pants, and I can do away with the pick, and stand on my own two feet. But for now, my ass is firmly planted in my chair, and I need to stop losing picks, as I’ve only got 2 bass picks left. Ah!
  • Persistence- I’m not musically inclined, and my natural reaction when something doesn’t come naturally to me is to give up. But by persisting with it this time, and of course obtaining advice from others and YouTube, the bass guitar has been achievable. A good entry level musical instrument for those who lack any musical talent. And for those who have it, then you’ll absolutely excel! As long as you don’t find the bass parts too boring, and lacking mental stimulation.  

Product recommendation- ESPN Radio on TuneIn Radio

FREE access to LIVE NBA finals coverage anyone?

You know that old adage, there is no such thing as a free lunch? And in this day and age of paid subscriptions, you’re probably right in 99% of the time in believing in no freebies.  

But I’m here to tell you, that there are still such things as freebies! And from all the various Medias I’m subscribed to at the moment, the media which I’ve been listening to the most ATM is FREE! Yep! FREE!

So the concept of free to air commercial radio isn’t ground-breaking, however the ability to listen to world wide content free to air, in an accessible format might be though?

The media/app which I’m talking about is TuneIn Radio. It enables you access to hundreds of radio stations, from talk back to music, from sports to finance, and heaps in-between. But the radio station which I’ve been keeping on in the background on low all of these weeks, has been ESPN Radio!

And the reason for this is because ESPN Radio broadcasts live the most crucial can-not-must-not miss games! 24/7 ESPN Radio is a Sports talk-back radio station, with Analysts discussing the sports topics of the day. However when there are major events e.g. NBA finals or MLB finals, they place all regular programing on hold and broadcast to you live the most critical matches!

So for us in Australia, all the way on the other side of the world, in the midst of a month long Covid lock-down- we can pass the time by listening to Live broadcasts of the NBA finals, sprinkled in with some MLB All-star action, and some clever American commercials along the way to keep things interesting. Yeah, I’m even enjoying adverts!

Never before have we been able to enjoy LIVE US sports like this, why? Because if this was the normal world, we’d be at school or at work during these hours. But now that we’re working from home, and a Google Home easily plays softly ESPN Radio in the background, we now can enjoy free live sports while still holding down a 9-5 job! Pretty wild hey?

Here’s to the new ways of working! If you too would like to follow live American sports while working on a spreadsheet, just ask your Google Home to “Play ESPN Radio on TuneIn!” So you’ll never miss a critical bounce or strike-out ever again!

Product recommendation- Roland Hand sonic HPD-20

What they’re not telling you!

So, I’ve owned the Roland Hand Sonic HPD-20 for almost a month now, and it’s taken me this long to gather  my thoughts and opinions on the uber ‘must be nice’ hand percussion instrument.

For those who haven’t heard of the Roland Hand Sonic HPD-20 before, it is a digital percussion instrument, played like bongos with your hands. There are 13 silicon touch pads when struck, produce a different sound depending on which kit you have selected. The Hand sonic boasts of over 800 different percussion sounds, grouped into 150+ kits, and you can expand this number by uploading your own MIDI sounds, and creating your own custom kits. Imagine pulling together the wildest assortment of percussion instruments into a corner of your home and banging away at it- but with Hand sonic your percussion corner sits on your desk taking up 1 foot by 1.5 feet, and with headphones in, you don’t disturb anyone in your household!

Priced at $1,849, it is definitely a luxury item, which some people can’t justify as it can be deemed a bit of a novelty item. Prior to pulling the trigger and buying it, I rarely found a YouTube clip of someone actually playing it like an instrument. All reviews just showed someone tapping at the pads, making some sounds for the camera, before toggling over to the next kit and doing the same all over again. And I was that guy as well, for the first couple of weeks of ownership, as there are so many instruments, it’s quite hard to find a starting point to make proper music.

What they’re not telling you!

But this isn’t a conventional product review, as the jury is still out on the value of this device. But I’m going to cover off what they’re not telling you about the Hand sonic, either from sellers or reviewers of the product.

What they’re not telling you 1. 

It doesn’t make any sound! The biggest fact that they’re not telling you, is that the Hand Sonic itself does not have any speakers, to broadcast the music that you’re making! From all the videos, the reviewers never explain how they had set-up their instrument for sound, but the only way I worked it out was by first downloading and reading the Hand sonic PDF manual, and even in there they just briefly touch on the topic. So, if you want to broadcast your music making, you first need to have external speakers or an amp to plug into. For me, I’m fortunate that I have a Bluetooth speaker which also has a 3.5mm headphone port, so I was able to plug a 3.5mm male to 3.5mm male cable from the Hand Sonic to my speaker to project my sound. But the sound is still very mono, and it could be much better. Not to mention, all the ports in the back of the Roland are 6.3mm ports, so you need to buy a 6.3mm male to 3.5mm female adaptor.

If you don’t mind, you can also plug headphones into the Hand sonic, I’ve got a pair of DJ headphones with a 6.3mm male jack, so most of the time I end up using that. As the sound quality and the stereo sound is much better than the external speakers. But in the perfect world, it would have been nice if the Hand Sonic had its own built-in speakers.

What they’re not telling you 2.

Ability to play music tracks through the Hand sonic! this is a good ‘They’re not telling you’, and frankly I’m so surprised that no one has made a YouTube clip filming themselves do this. And Googling around, I haven’t found a blog, video or any official Roland content which states that this could be done.

But on the Hand sonic, there is an auxiliary in port, which I’ve used to plug my phone to, and with Spotify on my phone I can bring up any song I like, press play, and the music is then piped through the Hand Sonic. And when I start bashing away at the percussion pads, I’m freakin’ drumming along with the track! It’s awesome! Absolutely awesome! Something I’d been dreaming to do for years! And again, I’m so surprised that no one is talking about how this could be done on the Hand sonic. After you make some adjustments to the sound levels, so that the Hand sonic instruments are at the same volume levels as the track, it’s almost impossible to tell what sounds are coming from the original track, and which sounds are your creations! And with the ability to record through the Hand Sonic, you can capture your drum remix to be shared with the world! Now this is one great ‘they’re not telling you’, which I discovered, and has given the Roland some much needed used cases in how you can actually use the Roland in real scenarios.

What they’re not telling you 3.

The placement of your instrument is critical for user ergonomics! For most people, you’re not going to fork out another couple hundred dollars for the Hand Sonic stand. Even I’m not that stupid to do that. So, you’re going to probably just place it on any free flat surface around your home. But where you place it, you need to place some thought into it. As if it’s too low, after 30 minutes or so, you’re going to get wrist pain. And any higher…… I’m not sure, perhaps higher is what you want. But for me, I’ve got it sitting on a standard office desk (occupies a corner of my home office desk ATM), and even for me, this set up is too low. Although I’m not tall (5’7), I’m finding that the Hand Sonic is not at the optimal height, so when I’m striking it like a bongo, my wrists are bending back at an unnatural angle, so I’m finding I’m getting wrist pain, thus needing to ration how much time I spend on the Hand sonic per week. Perhaps sliding some thick textbooks under it might help, but it doesn’t help the aesthetics though.

What they’re not telling you 4.

Don’t toggle past the last instrument kit! This problem is only unique to me, as I’m blind. And I have to say I’m so thankful that all the buttons and nobs are tangible physical buttons, not some flat touch screen. But there is a toggle nob which you twist, to scroll through the hundreds of different instrument kits. A little notch in the twist, lets you know that you’ve toggled to the next set. But what I didn’t know was that the final 150+ kits were currently unassigned, so for the first few days I was just testing out each kit. Playing on each for a couple of minutes to learn what sounds were out there, then twisting the nob to the right, to bring up the next kit. And then I got myself into the unassigned kits, and it would just play kit 1, no matter how you twist it. For a week I thought I had broken it, saved this kit for ever, or had gotten into some weird menu loop. For days I was pressing all the buttons, trying to reverse what I had done. And it wasn’t until I got some sighted assistance, when my wife saw that I was into the 200s kit, that were unassigned, and until she was able to get me back to kit one, that was when I could finally use the various instruments again. Would be nice if the device just went back to kit 1, when you shut down.

What they’re not telling you 5.

Novelty++. Obviously, it’s not a selling point to tell potential buyers that 99% of instrument kits are useless. Ok, I’m probably offending people by saying that their cultures percussion instruments are useless. But the majority of instruments are cultural, and although they sound nice, and its fun to bang away at it. But as an actual instrument which you would use to play real songs and at  gigs? There are actually only a handful of kits you’d actually would  use  from the Hand Sonic. In my humble opinion, it is the stock drum kit, and the bongos. Everything else is just novel. 

So, if I had a chance to do over, would I buy the Hand Sonic again? If it wasn’t a pandemic and we weren’t  stuck at home and have all this unused disposable cash to throw around. I wouldn’t buy it. But the reality is, we’re stuck at home, looking for things to entertain ourselves? So, I guess the Roland Hand Sonic HPD-20 serves its purpose.

For more information on the Roland Hand Sonic HPD-20, click HERE