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.


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


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…


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

Blog Posts

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…

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…


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



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