This ‘Indonesian Gamelan – Standard – 20 Player Class Pack – Buddies’ is perfect for classes of pupils from age 6 upwards, as well as for community groups of any age.
This Standard pack has top quality sound, yet is also relatively compact, making it the perfect choice if storage is tight or if you need to move the Gamelan around to different settings. It contains all the items you need to get your own Gamelan ensemble off of the ground – playing, performing and composing.
The pack includes 10 large instruments (3 Gongs, a Balinese drum and 6 metallophones) as well as 10 pairs of Ceng Ceng (Balinese cymbals), used to keep time and mark accents. Overall this set provides a wide range of authentic Gamelan sounds, making it easy to split the group into pairs, each with a bigger and smaller instrument.
The three sizes of metallophone (each of which are decorated in traditional red, blue and gold with metal keys suspended from wires over individual sound chambers), give a range of 3 octaves and these and all our Gamelan instruments are made in Bali, Indonesia.
The metallophones in this Standard set use high quality steel for the keys and have compact jackfruit casings. They are tuned to the same Gamelan Gong Kebyar Pelog Selisir scale as the Budget and Premium models and are just as authentic. The Balinese drum is of solid jackfruit wood construction with two cow skin heads and tuning knots and the Gong has a bronze centre for improved resonance.
The instruments have been specially modified for use in the classroom. The sturdy metal Gong stands can be disassembled into sections if you need to move them around and the metallophone casings have smooth finishes and have rubber bases to protect the floor surface.
Special storage/carry bags are also available and will help to prolong the lives of the instruments, as well as making it safe and easy to move them around for outside events.
Also included are two teaching guides by World Music expert Andy Gleadhill; ‘Indonesian Gamelan’ and ‘Percussion Buddies’. The Indonesian Gamelan book will take you from the basics through to your first performance in just 10 lessons, and there’s plenty of repertoire for a year or more of playing with ten pieces, suggestions on teaching delivery and a blank resource to photocopy to assist with planning and composition work. The Percussion Buddies book will show you how to develop percussion accompaniments for almost any piece, whether Gamelan, drumming, choral, ukulele or any ensemble.