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The History of the Steel Pan Amy Garner, Sarah Holland, Meggie Humphreys, Rochelle Gann.

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1 The History of the Steel Pan Amy Garner, Sarah Holland, Meggie Humphreys, Rochelle Gann

2 The steel pan was invented in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1930’s The steel pan, or otherwise known as the steel drum, is the only instrument invented in the 20 th century

3 Traced back to African slaves on the island in the 16 th century Music was their only link to Africa The Africans stomped on bamboo, and they called themselves tamboo bamboo bands The upper class banned the instrument

4 Craftsman discovered that dustbins made of metal provided sound when hammered The first steel drum performers would carry a small drum in one hand and beat the metal with the other hand

5 After WWII, steel drums were made from discarded oil drums The craftsmen would pound the flat metal into convex and concave profiles which created various pitches

6 Selection of Sounds

7 Register: Tenor Musical Function: Low Harmony & Melody, Reinforce Bass Four Cello

8 Six Bass Register: Bass Musical Function: Bass Lines, Bottom Chord Tones

9 D Lead Register: Soprano Musical Function: Melody eum/gallery1/steeldrum/

10 Register: Alto Musical Function: Melody, Countermelody, Harmony

11 Creation of the Steel Pan

12 Phase 1- Supplies and Stretching 555-gallon oil drum is selected 440-pound sledgehammer is applied to the bottom of the barrel sstretch metal evenly without tearing uuse the “tempering” process before moving on to next phase

13 Phase 2-Note Placement template is used to mark placement of notes lines are drawn to guide tuner each note is “grooved”

14 Phase 3-Tuning  barrel side, or “skirt”, is cut  uses hammers of various sizes and “pongs” the notes from underneath of pan  stretching and smoothing of the bubbled areas for tuning purposes  each note is tuned in relation to the other notes  160x120-15fps.qt 160x120-15fps.qt 160x120-15fps.qt

15 Phase 4-Painting each steel pan is painted according to how the person feels it can be colorful or just chrome this detunes the pans so tuning is done once more

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17 Hopetown Lighthouse Duo featuring Larry and Janet Introduced to Steel Drums by Dave Beery First Performance in 1995 Ob-la-de, Ob-la-da

18 Their Music Traditional tropical songs Old Caribbean folk tunes Favorites from Jimmy Buffet Jazz Selections Don’t Worry Be Happy

19 Other Steel Drum Musicians Sir Cedric Luces Bob Lyons Panjive JT’s Island Steel JR Jim Wist Red Red Wine by JR

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