Friday, April 09, 2010

Stop the Noise!

Do you teach pan to kids at a school or community program? Having problems trying to get them to play softly. Most kids are just bangers. Here's a trick I used to considerably reduce the noise: Shorten the sticks!

For lead/tenors, no more than 7"; Double Seconds, 8"; Guitar/Cellos, 9"; and bass 12".

You can get sticks in custom lengths from

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

Great idea! I teach children how to play the Steel Drums in Key West, FL (we call it Pan U ... or Pan University) and have had the same problem. I'll try this technique out and let you know how it goes!

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