The Traditional Steelband
The names Pan-around-the-neck and Single Pan steelbands are given to the first type of established steelband. They are often referred to as traditional steelbands.
The players played with both hands and marched through carnival processions until stands were later introduced.
The name pan-around-the-neck refers to the way the pan is supported when it is being played: A strap is placed around the back of a player’s neck and each end is attached to a side of the pan.
Pan-around-the-neck was the original name for the traditional steelband.
Single pan steelband is the modern name for the traditional steelband.
As each player can only play one pan, the note range on the instruments are greatly restricted.
The original instruments were:
- Single seconds
- Single guitar
- 4-note pan
Today the instrument names have changed, but the functions are still the same:
- The ping-pong is now the tenor pan.
- Single seconds are now double seconds.
- Single guitar is now the guitars.
- 4-note is now the bass.
- Duddup is still the duddup!