Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wordless/ful Wednesday



What Musical Instrument Am I?




Answer to last Wordless/ful Wednesday: Steel pan/drum

A steel pan is a chromatically tuned percussion instrument that was originally made from a 55 gallon oil container. The steel pan is originally from Trinidad and was used as a form of communication between African slaves. The steel pan was outlawed by the British government, however, by the 1940's steel drums were allowed and were played at Carnivals.

Today, steel pans are made from flat sheet metal and molded into the shape of a bowl using hammers. Steel pans today are tuned with electronic tuners and need to be tuned 1-2 times a year. Steel pans are made into soprano, alto, tenor, and bass pans. They can be played solo or in a steel pan band. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steelpan

Below is an example of a steel pan:

(Felix Walroud on the Steel Pan)

19 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

1st....I knew that. And this week [an accordion] Where's the prize? [kidding]

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU! My Wordful is posted. Hope you can drop by for a visit. Stay safe and sober, and enjoy tonight's celebration and seeing 2009 come to us with the hopes of a good year.

Mae said...

Hope you and the family had a Merry Christmas and wishing you all a Happy New Year.

Pecos Blue said...

I love those.

Brenda said...

Thats intersesting. . .I have always liked the sound of these

Mark said...

Happy New Year! Hope you are enjoying the holidays!

Mandy said...

accordion?

Have a Happy New Year!!!

mormonhermitmom said...

Polka time! Of course I'm sure it's not JUST an accordian right? There's probably a fancy name that only accordian enthusiasts would know?

Jannie said...

Let me see... could this be a flying pandemonium? No, no. A gracious warbling spinollia?

Wait! An accordion?

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Jannie
xo

Lynz said...

I love the sound those make! So cool!

Marie N. said...

Being from the land of Frankie Yankovic and later, "Wierd Al" Yankovic, I know an accordian when I see one or hear one.

happy new year!

angie said...

I'm pretty sure it's an accordian.

Happy New Year~

Kaci said...

Ooooh I like those

Dani said...

I should really share your wordless wednesday post with my husband. He would just love them! I really need to start reading your post more carefully. And then the next time I am out with my husband watching an unusual band (which isn't often due to lack of babysitters) I will be able to name some instruments that he wouldn't think I know about! Interesting stuff!!!!

Jenni said...

Love your blog! You've got an award over here http://nennisworld.blogspot.com/2009/01/second-slice-of-pie.html

Mark said...

I hope the weekend was fabulous!

MoziEsmé said...

An accordion - just like my Grandpa played...

Pecos Blue said...

I love that sound.

Mark Salinas said...

Just checking in! I hope all is well!

Laurie said...

Umm... are you still doing this blog?