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How Do Steel Drums Work?
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.71

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     challenging words:    indentation, pan-men, pongs, succession, concave, unmistakable, chords, best, presented, calypso, basses, valuable, impressive, sounding, bands, percussion
     content words:    In Trinidad


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How Do Steel Drums Work?
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Just the sound of a steel drum is enough to make you wish you were on a tropical beach enjoying the surf and sun. Steel drum music has that effect on people. It is a unique musical sound.
 
2     Steel drums are also unique musical instruments. Most drums are used to play percussion, but steel drums, also known as steel pans, are used to play melodies, too.
 
3     Maybe you have seen them in a Caribbean style band or heard them playing calypso music. Steel drums originated on the island of Trinidad and are a big part of the festivals there each year.

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