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This section provides articles on the basics of directing a steel band including basic technique, equipment, instrumentation, and care.

Idiomatic Arranging

Idiomatic Arranging by Aaron Ziegler… This content is for Member, Student, Senior (60 and over), and Sponsor members only.Log In Register...

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Four-Mallet Technique

An Introduction to 4-mallet Tenor Pan Technique: Mallet and Grip Options by Dr. Joseph Galvin… This content is for Member, Student, Senior (60 and over),...

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Steelpan Technique: A Few Basics

Learning how to play pan as a beginner can be an exhilarating experience, because it is possible to produce an acceptable sound almost immediately, with…...

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Supplemental Steelpan Equipment

Naturally steelpan instruments themselves are at the heart of any steel band program. Yet the instruments are incomplete without their supporting cast of equipment: stands,…...

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The Importance of Steelpan Tuning

Even if treated with care and played properly, steelpan instruments require regular tuning. Normal playing involves striking the instrument, and over time these repeated blows…...

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Steel Band Instrumentation

A steel band is an ensemble primarily comprising steelpan instruments, and so directors or band leaders must be familiar with the various types of steel…...

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Programming for Steel Band

Selecting repertoire is an important issue for any ensemble director. Decisions on repertoire not only shape outcomes in the near term, but they also can…...

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