June 2014 Blog Posts (3)

Major Chords - quick and easy reference in Excel

Thanks to friend and fellow pan player, Curt Laub, for this quick and easy reference to chords.

Scales_Chords_2013%20UDel%20Steel%20Drum%20Camp.xlsx

Added by Mike Cook on June 14, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Musical Service

I played for the first time with a band, for a musical service at our house of worship.  There were 8 of us instruments (mandolin, bass, banjo, two guitars, two bongos, and me on steel pan).  It was the first time a steel pan has ever played in one of our services, and everyone was smiling and swaying to the sounds of my pan.  So many happy people afterwards.  What a blessing!

Added by Mike Cook on June 7, 2014 at 5:19am — No Comments

FINALLY: PLAYING A GIG

Well, after practicing pan for 11 months, I finally had my first gig (a friend's kids graduation party).  I am SO glad that I worked my way up to this in phases.  Phase 1:  in the park for strangers.  I started playing at the local park in front of passerby's.  I worked through the butterflies, and the occasional mistake as a person might stand 2 feet away to see me play, or lifted their kid next to me to see into the pan as I played.  I made a bunch of mistakes, but it was all fine in front…

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Added by Mike Cook on June 2, 2014 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

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Tuning in Germany / Europe

Hello everyone, 

yesterday my pan was retuned. in 1.5 hours it sounds very nice again.

Mr. Eckhard Schulz and Martin Speck explained a lot to me about the Pan that I had acquired. Very interesting.

Here is the address if someone wants a tuning in Europe or a new Pan Made in Germany.

E.C.S. Steel drums Eckhard Schulz / Martin Speck

Güntherstrasse 69…
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Posted by Michael Appel on February 25, 2021 at 4:00am

seeking backtracks and sheet music

I play double tenor and am looking to buy quality backtracks with corresponding sheet music to add  to my repertoire. I'm a strict reader and weak with improv.  Brad Shores has been a Big help and I have all 9 of his books.  Any other suggestions for expanding my repertoire?  Thanks! 

Posted by Mary Elizabeth Eilerman on August 12, 2020 at 6:15pm — 2 Comments

Pan tunes 9 pics

Posted by brad shores on May 15, 2019 at 7:11am — 3 Comments

Pan Kat

Alternate Mode Pan KAT



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…

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Posted by brad shores on January 30, 2019 at 9:44am — 1 Comment

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