Name: Steel Pan (guitars)
Geographic Region: Caribbean
Country of origin: Trinidad and Tobago
Climatic type: Tropical
Time period: 20th century to present.
SvH No.: 111.2
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This instrument consists of two pans with a "skirt" or side length of approx 45 cm. The lowest notes found along the circumference of the bowl are U-shaped, while the higher octave notes are either oval or circular-shaped inside. The guitar pans must be suspended on stands or a rack to allow the drums to resonate and are played with thick rubber mallets.
The double guitar pans have an average of 20 notes with the chromatic range falling between C3 and G#4. The triple guitar (not found in our collection) has 27 notes with a chromatic range falling between Bb2 and C5.
The middle range guitar pans were designed to support the melody played by the "frontline" or upper range pans (such as the tenor, double tenor and double second pans). The guitar pans are used to support the lower portions of the harmony by "strumming" chordal accompaniment as well as playing simple countermelody.
See Steel Band.
Last Modified: 05-May-2005TOP