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Pan Resources

Pan Resources

For us Americans looking for any accessories or merchandise related to the steel pan, Panyard.com is the best, most thorough website in existence, offering wide varieties of stands, cases, sticks, sheet music, books, videos, accessories, clothing and, of course, premium instruments.  They even have a Tropical Groove Fitness DVD — No kidding! The panyard.com site […]

C Major Scale with Rhythm

C Major Scale with Rhythm

One of the most difficult aspects of playing steel drums is the complicated rhythms associated with Caribbean music — especially Soca and Calypso melodies, or the common patterns.  So, it's never too early to start thinking about rhythm!  In the following video we play a fairly easy rhythm on each note of the C Major […]

steel pan maintenance

steel pan maintenance

steel pan maintenance: I’ve been thinking about the pan festival last week and how much fun I had.  I’ve also had the opportunity to discuss the festival with all of my students who attended.  The music was great and the instructors were incredible, but the most talked-about aspect of the festival has been a session […]

Pan Ramajay Festival

Pan Ramajay Festival

I spent the past week at the Pan Ramajay Steel Drum Festival, and the last couple days recovering!  If you've never attended a festival like this, you should really consider it.  You get to spend 5 days rehearsing with some of the world's best pan players and teachers.  This year, the faculty included the Pan […]

History of the Steel Pan

History of the Steel Pan

 History of the Steel Pan   Steel pans originated with the fighting slave bands of Trinidad.  Spain gave the (mostly French) European plantation owners land in Trinidad as long as they were Roman Catholic and made their allegiance to Spain. Mardi Gras became a big celebration for the upper class Catholics of Trinidad. Slaves were not allowed to attend, but after […]

C Tenor, Lesson 1, page 1, Slow

C Tenor, Lesson 1, page 1, Slow

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Major Scales for C Tenor

Major Scales for C Tenor

Hello- I know many of you have painful memories of being forced to play scales on a piano or other instrument.  I'm sure this is NOT why you started playing pan.  However, scales will help you get comfortable on your instrument, build dexterity and control, and make you a much better musician.  So, here are the […]

Big (and fun) decision

Big (and fun) decision

People always ask me where to purchase steel drums, and my answer is always the same: “I could write a book on that.”  This blog entry won’t quite be a book, but it’s a start. First, there are basically three ways to purchase a steel pan:  You could go to one of several US based […]

Getting Started

Getting Started

Hello- Welcome to playsteeldrums.com!  We are excited to help you learn your instrument, make music and have fun.  

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