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Indonesian Gamelan - Budget - 15 Player Class Pack - Budget Buddies

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This 'Indonesian Gamelan - Budget - 15 Player Class Pack - Budget Buddies' is perfect for lunchtimes, after school clubs and small class groups of pupils from age 6 upwards, as well as for community groups of any age.

 

It’s excellent value for money and contains all the items you need to get your own Gamelan ensemble off of the ground - playing, performing and composing.

 

The Budget metallophones are light and compact but also well-made with good sound quality. It can be a good choice if you’re budget is limited, or if portability is a key restrictive factor.

 

This Budget pack includes 5 large instruments (a Gong, a Balinese drum, and 3 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 buddy threes, each with one bigger and two smaller instruments.

 

The three sizes of metallophone (each of which is decorated in traditional red, blue and gold with metal keys suspended from bamboo poles over individual sound chambers), give a range of 3 octaves.

 

These and all our Gamelan instruments are made in Bali, Indonesia. The metallophones in this budget set use recycled metal for the keys and have low cost wooden casings but they have the same Gamelan Gong Kebyar Pelog Selisir tunings as the more expensive Standard 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 stand can be disassembled into sections if you need to move it 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.

Click the trumpets to hear sound samples of tracks from the Teaching Guide...                          

 

How it's Played

The pack includes:

 

  • 1 x Gong Set - 16in (40cm) diameter Gong with Stand and Beater
  • 1 x Balinese Drum - 50cm
  • 1 x Gamelan - Budget - 7 key - 3 pack, which contains;
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    • Gamelan (Peking) - Budget - Small 7 key
    • Gamelan (Saron) - Budget - Medium 7 key
    • Gamelan (Demung) - Budget - Large 7 key
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  • 10 x Ceng Ceng - 14cm, pair
  • Sticks, beaters and gamel hammers as appropriate to each instrument
  • Andy Gleadhill's Indonesian Gamelan Book
  • Andy Gleadhill's Percussion Buddies Book
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Traditionally

The sound of a Gamelan orchestra is vibrant, colourful and exotic. The music is built up from relatively simple repeated patterns, making it easy to teach and learn.

 

Gamelan playing encourages careful listening, self-confidence and teamwork. It's also a very visual and culturally rich experience, and end of term performances can be thoroughly spectacular.

 

The word Gamelan comes from the Javanese ‘gamel’ meaning ‘to strike or hammer’

A Gamelan is a musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Bali or Java, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and Gongs. Bamboo flutes as well as bowed and plucked strings occasionally feature as well. Vocalists may also be included in certain pieces.

 

In Bali, the Gamelan instruments are all kept together in the Balai Banjar, a community meeting hall which has a large open space with a roof over top of it with several open sides. The instruments are all kept here together because they believe that all of the instruments belong to the community as a whole, and no one person has ownership over an instrument. Not only is this where the instruments are stored, but this is also the practice space for the Sekaha (Gamelan orchestra). The open walls allow for the music to flow out into the community where the rest of the community can enjoy it.

 
What it Goes Well With

Depending on your budget, try adding more metallophones to fill out the sound. We sell Gamelan - 7 key - 3 packs in Budget, Standard and Premium ranges, all of which follow the same tuning system, regardless of their parent range.

 

For a simpler, cheaper approach, add some more Ceng Ceng - the low cost way to involve more players.

 

Alternatively you could add more Gongs or Bonang to your Gamelan orchestra.

 

If you need to store the Gamelan, or move it around for workshops or performances, see the ‘Gamelan Accessories’ section for a range of sturdy storage/carry bags.

 
How it's Made

Gamelan are educationally and musically important for many reasons;

 

  • Ensemble playing teaches listening, concentration and teamwork, as well as being great fun.
  • The instruments are all easy to learn and to teach (and there are no ‘wrong’ notes in the Balinese scale!)
  • The music is very accessible as it is both rhythmic and melodic and is made up of simple, repetitive patterns.
  • There are important links that can be explored within dance, story-telling, traditional culture, geography and religion.
  • A Gamelan orchestra is visually, as well as aurally, exciting.
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The exotic sounds and scales open doors to new musical worlds and Gamelan performances can be quite spectacular, especially if accompanying dance or puppet shows. Andy Gleadhill’s Indonesian Gamelan Book contains everything you need to know about basic playing techniques, setting up the room, cultural background and more. There are warm-up exercises included as well as weekly lesson plans, and the supporting audio and video clips will show you and the class the sort of results that can be achieved in a single term.

 

 
How to Look After It

Keep the instruments dry and away from extremes of temperature. The paintwork and metal surfaces can be wiped down with a damp cloth from time to time and there's no harm using a very small amount of detergent to remove greasy fingerprints.

 

The metal used is steel and as it's not stainless you may get patches of rust appearing, particularly on the insides of the Gongs. This is nothing to worry about and it can be removed by sanding with wire wool and then sprayed with WD40.

 
 
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