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Explain in detail the importance of TASPO (1951) for the development of the steel band. The response should be one-page double-spaced and I will grade for grammar, spelling, and sentence structure as well. I recommend you write in Word and then paste into Canvas ensuring that your response is formatted properly. All of the words should be yourselves. No references needes.

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Pan round the neck: The first steelpans were played with one hand while the other hand held the instrument. It largely stayed this way until larger barrels (which came with World War II) entered the picture. The phrase “pan round the neck” comes from the time when players marched the streets with the steelpans using a rope around their neck to support the instrument. Steelpans are no longer marched with a rope around the neck, but rather these instruments are mounted in racks that are pushed by people up and down the streets during Carnival time.

Melody only w/percussive support:The initial steelpans only addressed melody. They were able to play only melodies at the time. These initial pitched instruments were still accompanied by non-pitched metal instruments such as the cuff boom that played low sounds, but not specific pitches. Quickly the steelpan evolved and harmony instruments were added, culminating in 1951 for TASPO when the entire family was fully developed for a trip to England.

No overtones:The initial family of steelpan instruments did not have overtones tuned on the instruments. This meant that only the main note sounded. Overtones help the instrument ring or sustain in pitch and these did not come around until the 1960s or 70s. Now when a musician strikes a note on a modern steelpan, the main note, a note one octave above, and usually a fifth above that can also be heard, even if faintly.

Therefore, when you listen to older recordings of steel bands, they sound more percussive with less ring (sustain) than today’s steelpan instruments.

Early steel bands were communal organizations that represented various neighborhoods of competing interests and various socio-economic statuses. In some ways, these early groups provided a venue for young men to belong and participate in the community. However, the various steel bands regularly clashed with each other creating violence in the streets.

Ironically, the police would break these fights up, confiscate the instruments, and destroy them, which only sped the development of the instruments as builder quickly (and regularly) built new instruments and improved their craft.

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