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Ragtime Band Analysis

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Today argument still surrounds the issue of the first person to play a tune on the pan. Some say that Victor "Totie' Wilson of Alexander's Ragtime Band is alleged, isolated four notes of different pitch on the ping pong and tuned his four notes to the chimes of the QRC clock. The ping pong was an instrument; a small hand held pan that was cut from a paint tin or carbide container. The indentations made by striking it with wooden sticks, were pushed upwards to form small bumps, which were then tuned to different pitch notes. Emmanuel "Fish Eye" Ollivierrie of Hell Yard is another contender for the title of first man to play a tune. He was alleged to have played “Mary had a little Lamb.” The metal pan players discovered that the raised areas
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