This book is Highly Recommended!
Char Lusk has brought forth a relevant, useful and much needed book. Undoubtedly, the most complete "how to" manual we've come across.
Whether you already have or want to start a steel pan program for children or adults in a school, church, recreation or community situation, you will benefit from the information in this manual.
Collected during the author's many years of teaching steel pan, the informative, yet humorous data contained in this handbook is a compendium of valueable knowledge which others have since found useful when starting their own programs. What began as a list of "helpful hints" has grown into the detailed guidelines presented here.
Subjects covered include:
Items to clarify with your Pan maker
Pan names, patterns and ranges
Preparation and maintenance of Pans and equipment
Set up and safe handling
Storage and transportation
Rehearsal and Performance
Curriculum and grading
Basic music arranging
The Engine Room (percussion and set grooves for various styles and difficulty levels)
The six-track double CD includes an enhanced data disc featuring the music scores, composer profiles, as well as scorer and editor notes. The project was conceptualised by Mark Loquan, composed and scored by Ray Holman and Dr. Jeannine Remy and executed by the UWI ensemble..
Disc 2 Digital Files include:
Scores in Sibelius, Midi, Finale and PDF formats. Categorization of Scores according to levels of difficulty.
Also, a Composers profile: Ray Holman notes by Music Transcriber Dr. Jeannine Remy and Editor Satanand Sharma
Island Grooves is an instructional drum set DVD and CD-ROM Combo showcasing a world of Caribbean drumming never before covered in such detail..
plus $5.00 S&H
Product ID: 1168
On the DVD, Chris Hanning demonstrates several styles including Calypso, Soca, Dub, Zouk, Shango, Party Soca, Traditional Island Favorites, and Reggae. The DVD contains seven play-along tracks with the Panyard Steel Orchestra, and three play-along tracks with Deighton "Revealer" Charlemagne.
The CD-ROM contains printable sheet music of the songs, grooves and exercies, plus 40 minutes of play-along recordings.