Hi Brad ! Thank you very much for your note! I am very excitedly awaiting my new pan to add to my musical experience. I play the squeezebox (concertina), bowed psaltery and the hammered dulcimer and I have a number of very talented musical friends here in Maine. The steel pan will be a Fabulous addition!!! Again, Thank you for the Welcome!
Thanks for the welcome Brad. I am happy to have found your tropical shores site and now this forum as well. I love the pan, lived on a sailboat in the Caribbean for 3 years and fell in love with the instrument. I play the double seconds with Kainga Music School in Carlsbad. I also have a private instructor downtown but have only been playing 18 months with the school and maybe 4 months one on one. Like others on this site I have no music theory background but tend to pick up "my part" quickly. I am learning to play on my own without the other pan players, mixing some melody and rhythm. My main stumbling block is 1) improv….I watch the lead tenor pan players whip out some nice licks but it all seems more difficult on the DS. 2) playing along with backing tracks…not sure why I get
thrown off, most likely because I tend to play too quickly if nothing els. Anyway, I see you have some books and CDS….will they work for me playing the DS??? I can not read music quickly but can sit down with a printed score and write the notes above and with an audio piece I can muddle through til I figure it all out.
Hey Brad! Its great to be a part of this, and thank you for having me.
I would like to thank you for the kindness and generosity that you have shown my daughter Mindi when ordering playbooks as gifts for me this holiday season. She enjoyed very much speaking with you and was overwhelmed with your service and attention.
Thanks for your warm welcome. I've enjoyed learning pan from several of your teaching books and hope to learn a lot more. I'm not really sure of using all the features of this site but it looks great and it will be fun learning.
Hi Brad, I'm happy that I found this site. I just recently bought a pan and I'm enjoying learning to play. The books I ordered from you are great and the instructional videos on this site are fantastic.
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Hi brad,I have a lot of songs that I's like to play for get- togethers,parties etc. I have no backup tracks and wouldn't know how to make them even if I had the equipment. .Is there a chance of hearing a snipet of the backtracks that you offer for sale? or are they the same as the tracks on your vids.Most of the songs I know are the same as the ones you have your on- line lessons .Please write back , PS: your videos are quite helpful as far as the improv ideas go.Keep up the good work.It's nice to have you to turn to for advice on PAN.
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Up for auction is a Pan KAT Midi Steel Drum that I used to play reggae tunes. I have had the Pan KAT for 10 + years but really only used it for about a year to play solo steel drum and some Jimmy Buffett tunes for friends (I am a guitar player). The original unit cost about $1,800 without the case and I am offering it up for $825 plus shipping. I used an older Roland MIDI sampler (not included) for the steel drum sounds but IndigiSounds (YouTube link…
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.