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Steel Drum Semester Exam



Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

The order of sharps is __________________________________.
a.
F C G D A E B
c.
B E A D G C F
b.
G F E D C B A
d.
A B C D E F G
 

 2. 

C minor is related to which of the following major keys?
a.
C major
c.
Bb major
b.
Eb major
d.
G major
 

 3. 

A maximum of __________ consecutive notes on one hand are desirable when playing scales on steel drums.
a.
four
c.
three
b.
one
d.
two
 

 4. 

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The key signature shown is
a.
C major
c.
F major
b.
G major
d.
D major
 

 5. 

Which of the following scales contains the first, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh scale degrees of a minor scale?
a.
mixolydian
c.
blues
b.
major pentatonic
d.
minor pentatonic
 

 6. 

A steel drum orchestra competition held at the end of the Carnival festival in Trinidad.
a.
Mardi Gras
c.
Carnival
b.
Panorama
d.
Bira
 

 7. 

E minor is related to what major key?
a.
Eb major
c.
C major
b.
G major
d.
Bb major
 

 8. 

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The strumming pattern above is a
a.
three strum
c.
bossa strum
b.
soca strum
d.
cuatro strum
 

 9. 

The rule for identifying a key signature containing 2 or more flats says which flat names the key?
a.
next to the last
c.
second from the left
b.
middle
d.
the first
 

 10. 

Which scale degree of a major scale will tell you the relative minor?
a.
fifth
c.
seventh
b.
sixth
d.
third
 

 11. 

The rule for identifying a key signature containing sharps says 1/2 step above which sharp names the key?
a.
next to the last
c.
the last
b.
second from the left
d.
middle
 

 12. 

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The key signature shown is
a.
D major
c.
G major
b.
F major
d.
C major
 

 13. 

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The key signature shown is:
a.
Eb major
c.
g minor
b.
c minor
d.
C major
 

 14. 

The first note of a scale is often referred to as the ________________ note.
a.
mediant
c.
tonic
b.
leading tone
d.
dominant
 

 15. 

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The key signature shown is
a.
a minor
c.
e minor
b.
g minor
d.
f minor
 

 16. 

A complete musical idea, usually four measures in length, is called a _________________.
a.
crescendo
c.
segment
b.
measure
d.
phrase
 

 17. 

Which of the following instruments is not part of a steel drum rhythm section?
a.
claves
c.
triangle
b.
brake drum
d.
drum set
 

 18. 

To displace the beats or accents in (music or a rhythm) so that strong beats become weak and vice versa is known as
a.
rhythm
c.
beat
b.
tempo
d.
syncopation
 

 19. 

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The correct counting for the example above is
a.
1-e-a-e-a-e-a-e
c.
1-e-a-2-&
b.
1-e-&-a-2-e-&
d.
1-&-2-&-3
 

 20. 

Name the major and minor keys that share the following key signature.
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a.
D major and B minor
c.
E major and G minor
b.
G major and E minor
d.
D major and A minor
 

 21. 

The order of flats is __________________________________.
a.
A B C D E F G
c.
B E A D G C F
b.
F C G D A E B
d.
G F E D C B A
 

 22. 

The benefits of practicing playing scales on steel drums include:
a.
a deeper understanding of the steel drum
c.
all of the above
b.
improved dexterity
d.
the acquisition of finesse
 

 23. 

Brown Eyed Girl is based on which chord progression?
a.
V, vi, vii
c.
IV, V, vi
b.
I, IV, V
d.
ii, iii, IV
 

 24. 

C major is related to what minor key?
a.
f minor
c.
a minor
b.
d minor
d.
g minor
 

 25. 

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The scale shown is:
a.
a natural minor
c.
a harmonic minor
b.
a major
d.
a melodic minor
 

 26. 

This is a nice, easy latin tune by Sonny Rollins.  It is a very good tune for beginners, but it is a nice tune for musicians at any level to solo over. This tune first appeared on Sonny Rollins’ 1956 record, “Saxophone Colossus.”
a.
St. Thomas
c.
Differentology
b.
Yellow Bird
d.
Evil Ways
 

 27. 

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The scale shown is:
a.
g natural minor
c.
g melodic minor
b.
g major
d.
g harmonic minor
 

 28. 

Frontline steel pans should never be rested on the _________.
a.
case
c.
belly
b.
rim
d.
stand
 

 29. 

mc029-1.jpg
The correct counting for the example above is
a.
1-e-a-e-&
c.
1-e-&-a-2
b.
1-e-a-2-&
d.
1-&-2-&-3
 

 30. 

The outer rim of a steel pan that is very fragile is called the ____________.
a.
hoop
c.
stand
b.
pan
d.
skirt
 

 31. 

Yesterday is based on which type of scale?
a.
pentatonic
c.
major
b.
blues
d.
minor
 

 32. 

mc032-1.jpg
The strumming pattern above is a
a.
three strum
c.
soca strum
b.
bossa strum
d.
cuatro strum
 

 33. 

The notes of the g minor scale are:
a.
C D E F G A B C
c.
G A Bb C D Eb F G
b.
C D Eb F G Ab Bb C
d.
G A Bb C D E F G
 

 34. 

Natural, harmonic, and melodic are all forms of which type of scale?
a.
minor
c.
major
b.
blues
d.
pentatonic
 

 35. 

mc035-1.jpg
The strumming pattern above is a
a.
bossa strum
c.
cuatro strum
b.
soca strum
d.
three strum
 

 36. 

Who is known as the father of the modern steel pan?
a.
Bertie Marshall
c.
Anthony Williams
b.
Andy Narell
d.
Ellie Mannette
 

 37. 

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The groove above is
a.
calypso
c.
soca
b.
island groove
d.
bossanova
 

 38. 

Which term means to create without preparation?
a.
fermata
c.
improvisation
b.
tacet
d.
crescendo
 

 39. 

A note that is not a member of the scale or mode indicated by the most recently applied key signature is called a(n)
a.
accidental
c.
mediant
b.
dominant
d.
tonic
 

 40. 

Ideally, a pan player should stand how far from the pan when playing?
a.
12 inches
c.
24 inches
b.
1 inch
d.
3-4 inches
 

 41. 


When you play steel drums, they should be hung
a.
at approximately waist height.
c.
at chest level.
b.
slightly above knee level.
d.
24 inches off the floor.
 

 42. 

A natural minor scale becomes harmonic by raising which scale degree?
a.
3rd
c.
7th
b.
1st
d.
5th
 

 43. 

mc043-1.jpg
The groove above is
a.
soca
c.
island groove
b.
bossanova
d.
calypso
 

 44. 

This type of stroke uses the wrist  lowering the pan stick to strike the note and immediately returns to the starting position.
a.
dead stroke
c.
open roll
b.
flick
d.
piston stroke
 

 45. 

In the key of G, what note(s) are sharped?
a.
B and E
c.
F#
b.
G#
d.
F# and C#
 

 46. 

mc046-1.jpg
The groove above is
a.
soca
c.
calypso
b.
island groove
d.
bossanova
 

 47. 

A steady recurring pulse is known as the _________.
a.
beat
c.
key signature
b.
time signature
d.
syncopation
 

 48. 

mc048-1.jpg
The scale shown above is
a.
G major
c.
F major
b.
C major
d.
D major
 

 49. 

Evil Ways is based on which of the following scales?
a.
D major
c.
g minor
b.
C major
d.
e minor
 

 50. 

Tenor, Double Tenors, Double Seconds, ________________, and Six Bass are the five basic instruments in the steel pan family.
a.
Triple Guitars
c.
Nine Bass
b.
Double Cellos
d.
Quadraphonic
 

 51. 

All of the following are incorrect ways to grip the mallet, except
a.
The thumb and index fingers form a pivot at a point roughly one third from the bare end of the pan mallet.
c.
Holding pan mallet with three fingers
b.
Gripping pan mallet with fist
d.
Index finger pressing on mallet
 

 52. 

Which of the following scales is a minor pentatonic?
a.
A, B, C#, E, F#
c.
D, E, F, G, A
b.
A, C, D, E, G
d.
C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C
 

 53. 

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This is the key signature for
a.
a minor
c.
d minor
b.
e minor
d.
c minor
 

 54. 

Most melodies utilize ______________, so a firm knowledge of the most common scales on steel drums will make it much easier to learn melodies on your instrument.
a.
scale fragments
c.
large skips
b.
perfect fifths
d.
chromatic notes
 

 55. 

Black Orpheus is in the key of
a.
e minor
c.
g minor
b.
f minor
d.
d minor
 

 56. 

This stroke is defined by the movement of the wrist to the left or right.
This stroke is used to move the pan stick from the ‘bottom’ of the pan to the ‘sides’ of the pan, or from the ‘top’ of the pan to the ‘side’ of the pan
a.
piston stroke
c.
open stroke
b.
flick
d.
up/down stroke
 

 57. 

Which Engine Room instrument is referred to as iron?
a.
shaker
c.
brake drum
b.
cowbell
d.
claves
 

 58. 

Which scale contains the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth of a major scale?
a.
harmonic minor
c.
major pentatonic
b.
minor pentatonic
d.
mixolydian
 

 59. 

The structure and design of a composition is called the _________.
a.
repeat
c.
coda
b.
movement
d.
form
 

 60. 

F major is related to what minor key?
a.
a minor
c.
d minor
b.
g minor
d.
f minor
 

 61. 

Which of the following scales is a major pentatonic?
a.
D, E, F, G, A
c.
A, B, C#, E, F#
b.
A, C, D, E, G
d.
C, D, E, G, A
 

 62. 

F major has one ____________ in its key signature.
a.
double flat
c.
double sharp
b.
flat
d.
sharp
 

 63. 

A small part of a note on a pan where the tuner has achieved the most focused sound for that note.
a.
belly
c.
node
b.
skirt
d.
sweet spot
 

 64. 

G minor is related to what major key?
a.
G major
c.
Eb major
b.
Bb major
d.
C major
 

 65. 

Which of the following scales would NOT be used when soloing on St. Thomas?
a.
Bb Major
c.
C Major Pentatonic
b.
A Mixolydian
d.
F Mixolydian
 

 66. 

The steel pan is the national instrument of ____________ and Tobago.
a.
Cuba
c.
Brazil
b.
Florida
d.
Trinidad
 

 67. 

mc067-1.jpg
The groove above is
a.
bossanova
c.
soca
b.
island groove
d.
calypso
 

 68. 

What is the main function of the tenor (lead) pans?
a.
counter melody
c.
melody
b.
bass line
d.
strumming
 

 69. 

To properly play steel drums you should
a.
keep one foot turned and your knees locked together tightly.
c.
stand with both feet firmly planted and your weight evenly balanced between them.
b.
stand as far away from the pan as possible.
d.
stand with most of your weight on one foot.
 

 70. 

Identify the following scale:
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a.
G major
c.
D major
b.
C major
d.
F major
 

 71. 

This is the technique used to sustain a tone on the steel pan. It is not unique to the steel pan. Many other percussion instruments use this roll as well.
a.
paradiddle
c.
single stroke roll
b.
mutilple bounce roll
d.
flam
 

 72. 

Count the following measure as if it were in common time.
mc072-1.jpg
a.
1-e 2-e 3-e 4
c.
1-e 2-a 3-& 4
b.
1-a 2-e 3-& 4
d.
1-& 2-& 3-& 4
 

 73. 

A passage of music performed by one player is a
a.
quartet
c.
solo
b.
duet
d.
trio
 

 74. 

mc074-1.jpg
The correct counting for the example above is
a.
1-e-a-2-&
c.
1-&-2-&-3
b.
1-e-&-a-2
d.
1-e-a-e-&
 

 75. 

What is the term used to describe the rhythm section of a steel drum ensemble?
a.
Engine Room
c.
Groove
b.
Pit
d.
Battery
 



 
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