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Private Lessons

Private Lessons

Private Lesson Black Friday Special Some folks really prefer private lessons. Luckily, my schedule just opened up so I’m taking on more students! These lessons can be done on Skype or FaceTime, which ever you prefer. And yes, you can really learn this way. Lessons are $30 each but when you purchase 10 I’ll give […]

Travel Tip

Travel Tip

Travel Tip for your pans! I got an email recently from someone looking for tips about traveling (flying) with steel drums. I thought you might be curious about this as well. Packaging. The first step to making sure your pan arrives in good condition is making sure it’s packaged well. Hard cases are the absolute […]

Online lessons now available!

Online lessons now available!

Hello everyone! Last April I launched my "new and improved" educational materials for tenor (lead) steel drum.  It’s a great resource for anyone starting out on pan but I know that many people would rather have regular lessons. So, I’m now offering online lessons for steel drum via Skype or FaceTime. The online lessons are […]

Jumbie Jam Review – More than a toy

Jumbie Jam Review – More than a toy

Jumbie Jam Review: As a professional pan player, it was very easy to dismiss the Jumbie Jam as “just a toy.” I had heard OF the Jumbie Jam but wasn’t interested in trying one. That changed several months ago when a young girl came to me with a Jumbie Jam and wanted some lessons. When […]

What’s the best pan to start on?

What’s the best pan to start on?

 Most people start on a Tenor steel drum. There two big reasons for this: 1. This is the main melody instrument in a steel band. Other instruments CAN play the melody but it’s usually the tenor. 2. It’s only ONE drum. This makes it easy to carry around to rehearsal or gigs. It also makes […]

The Steel Pan Collective

The Steel Pan Collective

Well, it seems as though Denver is becoming one of the biggest steel drum communities around. Steel drums are really booming in Colorado!   One of my adult students, Skip Waugh, has spent much of the last year starting an organization called "The Steel Pan Collective". It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting, supporting, and […]

“How quickly can I learn the steel pan?”

“How quickly can I learn the steel pan?”

How quickly can I learn the steel pan?   I get this question all the time. The answer really varies. After answering this question time after time, I’ve learned that it really means this, "will I be successful?"  This is a much easier question to answer. The easy answer is yes, if you practice.  But […]

Pan Ramajay Festival – What fun!

Pan Ramajay Festival – What fun!

Again, records were broken by the large number of Pannists on stage at the annual Ramajay Summer Steel Drum Festival 2014 at D.U. held at the Lamont School of Music. Some great new offerings were enjoyed by the students, including the new Technology Class taught by Rick Henson.This festival is chock full of great information […]

New source for pans

New source for pans

Besides the obvious Andy Narell highlights from PASIC, I was able to meet many people whom I’ve heard of, but never actually met.  One such person was Kyle Dunleavy.  I knew that he was a pan builder and tuner based out of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, but I had never heard any of his pans.  Luckily we […]

Video chat and more!

Video chat and more!

Greetings!  It’s been a while since my last post but things are really going great here at PlaySteelDrums.com.  We continue to add more members and I’m figuring out more ways to help you in your musical journey.  I need to let you know that there are big things on the horizon for us.     […]

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