I was just wondering how many Steel Pans players we have on here, after someone in one of the other threads mentioned them
So, some questions to start off with...
How long have you been playing and how did you get into it?
Which pans do you play?
What tunes have you done?
Do you own your own pan(s)?
Do you have lessons and/or play with any bands? What's your teacher like?
As for me, I've been playing since I was 10 I don't know how I got into them, but I suspect I wanted another instrument (because you couldn't take them home, the school decided they didn't interfere with practice and let you take them up as an addition). I auditioned and got in for group lessons, which were pretty alright. The only thing was that my group kept forgetting everything we learnt - we weren't taught with notation so you needed to remember it. I started off on tenor, then moved around doing a tune or two on the doubles and one on the bass, though I was generally settled on a single second. When I went to high school, I ended up as a bass player which is great It's six pans and really challenging with the movement. I don't have lessons any more, but since they're more of a small group ensemble just doing the steel band seems to work out well enough. I want to join the youth music organisation band in September too.
I've been taught by the same teacher all the way and he's brilliant. He's a friend as well, with a great sense of humour and he's also married to our music co-ordinator. As for repertoire, we've done loads of stuff - mostly my teacher's taste, but since his taste is pretty darn good I have no complaints! Right now, we're doing California Dreaming, Can't You See Me? (Roy Ayers) and I Want You Back (Michael Jackson/Jackson 5) I don't own my own pans - I'd love to, but I don't think we have a room of the house to give over to six pans!
Anyone else who plays or likes Steel Pans?