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Gamelan classroom pack - budget pack for 10 players

Stock code: Percussion Workshop CP-IGB10B new
  • Authentic instruments made in Bali
  • Excellent value for money
  • Includes everything you need to explore and perform gamelan music
  • Sturdy build quality and traditional colourful decoration
  • Supplied with comprehensive teaching guides including audio and video
RRP £980.79
£656.25 ex. VAT
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Capture the exotic sights and sounds of Indonesia with this classroom gamelan pack for 10 players. This is a set of budget instruments based on the musical traditions of Java, Bali, and Sumatra and includes:

  • 1x 40cm 'ageng' gong

  • 1x Balinese double headed 'ciblon' drum

  • 3x metallophone gamelans (small, medium, and large)

  • 5x sets of 'ceng ceng' Balinese cymbals

  • Beaters for all the instruments

  • 2 different teaching guides by World Music expert Andy Gleadhill

All metallophones in the budget set are made from recycled metal in wooden frames with rubber bases, and contain individual sound chambers for each note.

Like all the classroom gamelan packs they're tuned to the pelog selisir scale and have a combined range of three octaves. The Balinese drum is made of jackfruit wood with cow-skin heads and the small gong features an extra resonant bronze centre.

Each of the classroom packs come in two versions - budget and standard. All instruments are made in Bali and decorated in traditional colours so look and sound authentic. Unlike conventional gamelan sets which are each forged and tuned uniquely, the instruments in these packs have been standardised to make it possible for schools to add to their orchestra at a later date. Here's some footage of one of Andy's workshops featuring instruments from the standard range:

The peculiar pentatonic music has been a feature of Indonesian culture for at least 1500 years, and is traditionally played at weddings, funerals, and religious festivals, as well as the famous Wayang Kulit shadow puppet shows. Ensembles vary greatly, with some including flutes, bowed strings, and singers.

The music they play is written down using numbers, a system known as cipher notation. The comprehensive teaching guide supplied with the gamelan contains 10 songs to play using a simplified cipher, as well as lesson plans, explanations of playing techniques and a detailed history of the music. 
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