Great to hear from you and congratulations of playing the double seconds. My books do work of DS as well as lead.
As far as improvisation, it takes time to build a "catalog of licks" and theory definitely helps that along. Have you seen the "tropical Shores steel drum videos" that involve improv? Almost all of them do address it at some point.
Yes, I have been watching your videos and will start to practice the chord progressions for the three most common keys. Also, the backing tracks I have are just generic drum tracks to go with many songs. It seems you have some proper backing tracks for individual songs so I will check those out and see if you have some for the songs I know and perhaps I can do a better job playing along to those. Thanks!
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So there are lots of books and videos on how to play pan - all the ones I've seen are for beginners. Anybody know of Advanced technique books? I see LiamTteague does a beginner book- I would love for him to do one for more advanced players.