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.

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Comment by Rey Osli on November 30, 2018 at 6:03pm

Hi Eric; there is an excellent book "Steelpan Playing with Theory" by Salah Wilson. He is a professional panist, educator...… from Trinidad, living in Canada.

You can buy the book at I have included some pictures of the book's cover, chapter topics.  Very complete book. 

Comment by Eric Rollnick on November 30, 2018 at 6:57pm

Hey Rey, I do have Salah's book.  It is excellent, He does touch on improvisation in the last 4 pages. But what I am interested in is more advanced techniques. For example taking a solo recording by -say Andy Narrel  - and analyzing the self  accompaniment or certain kind of fast runs, how to incorporate melody and chords, maybe even using 4 mallets -that kind of thing.

Comment by Aaron Abrahamson Cote on April 25, 2019 at 11:32am

Sounds like you're looking for theory?  I tackled very tiny pieces of theory in a few short videos.  I don't think it'll go as deep as you want.  But here's the 7th chord arpeggio video:

Comment by Aaron Abrahamson Cote on April 25, 2019 at 11:34am

And if you're into Latin Jazz, this is another video I came up with for one of my tunes.

Comment by Candice Hill on November 21, 2019 at 8:23am

I know this doesn't actually help, but this is something I'm working on putting together! Good to know there is a need for it!


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