Hi Brad and pan family,
As you being a teacher, I am interested in your approach to teaching someone the pan. I have been playing for about 5 years now. I do fine and have received many call-backs. (I'll load a video some day) My problem is I don't actually know music, as in theory. I can read the treble clef somewhat. I learned as a child of 9-11 to play the organ. I consider my self a parrot. I can imitate the music very well but it kills me when I attempt to improvise. I've read several books on “learning music and music theory” but for some reason things just won't click for me. I am smart enough to realize that you never stop learning music, but somehow I skipped the building a solid foundation part. If I could learn the chord structures and concentrate on the scales, I might have a chance. Any thoughts on an approach?