Overview of the instruments.
The individual descriptions of the steel pan can be technical in nature for a novice, but the explanations become clearer as one develops skills in both the practical and theoretical aspect of the steel pan.
Because the steelpan is a musical instrument that is not standardized, the table shown is a just a list of the types of pans that one would find in any Steelband in Trinidad and Tobago. One can compromise to a smaller ensemble of four types of pans and still be able to produce a complete steel band, this would include the soprano which would carry the melody the alto which would carry both melody and harmony, tenor which would have either two- three pans this would carry the harmony and the bass four or six pan for the bass. These combined sounds will result in the basic elements that make up the melody, harmony, bass, and rhythm.