Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
I have played music with many pan players and have been impressed with the level of skill and musicianship on the instrument, but not impressed with the performance of some well known melodies. My conclusion is that they have not invested enough time checking out the song and have relied upon melodies which they have copied from another player who did not investigate the song. What is your experience of this?
Some players convince themselves that they know the melody and they have no idea of the lyrics to enhance the expression of the melody being performed. Is this a common situation, or do many musicians bluff their way through gigs hoping that no one will come up and say, "You are playing that wrong."
It is easy to hear when a person knows the correct melody and is applying another interpretation, compared to a person whose software is still being downloaded. Can you tell the difference and what's your take on all of this?