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Tell Us About the Zande Harp

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Collections Curator Bryna Freyer tells us the history of the Zande Harp in the African Art Museum Collections.

Frances Densmore and Mountain Chief

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses a photograph of Frances Densmore and Mountain Chief sitting in front of the Smithsonian Castle.

Tell us about Chuck Berry's Guitar "Maybellene"

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Museum historian Kevin Strait tells us about Chuck Berry's guitar "Mabellene," which he helped to collect. It can be found in the "Musical Crossroads" exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

How Do You Tune a Harpsichord?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us how to tune a harpsichord

Why Did Celia Cruz Say, "Azúcar"?

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Marvette Perez (1961-2013), Curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, discusses Celia Cruz.

Tell us about James Brown's Hammond B3 Organ

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Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, tells us about James Brown's Hammond B3 Organ that is on display in "Through the African-American Lens" exhibit at National Museum of American History.

What are the Differences Between Poncho Sanchez and Mongo Santamaria's Congas?

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Marvett Perez (1961-2013), Curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, presents and discusses the difference between two types of congas. One owned by Poncho Sanchez and the other by Mongo Santamaria. Both congas are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collections.

Keyboard owned by Ray Charles

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John Hasse, PhD, Curator of American Music at the National Museum of American History, presents a Yamaha KX88 keyboard used by Ray Charles and discusses Ray's comments on playing the piano.

Steve Cropper Donation Ceremony Trailer

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Curator John Hasse welcomes renowned guitarist Steve Cropper on December 1st, 2016 donated three guitars and an amp to the National Museum of American History.

What are the origins of stringed instruments?

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the evolution of stringed instruments from the ektar to the dutar, sitar, qatar and finally to the guitar.

The History of Ella Fitzgerald's A-Tisket-A-Tasket

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John Hasse tells us a little about Ella Fitzgerald's popular hit A-Tisket-A-Tasket in celebration of the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

What Does a Harpsichord Sound Like?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, shows us how he plays the harpsichord.

How is the Puerto Rican Bomba Drum Created?

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Marvette Perez (1961-2013), Curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, discusses the how a Puerto Rican bomba drum is constructed. This bomba drum is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collections.

What are Some Fun Things You Can Do With a Piano?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us some fun facts about the piano.

Do You Have Anything From the Scarecrow in the "Wizard of Oz"?

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Dwight Block Bowers, Curator in the Division of Culture & the Arts at the National Museum of American History presents the original costume of Ray Bolger (the scarecrow) wore in the movie, "The Wizard of Oz" while singing the song, "We're off to see the Wizard".

David Skorton introduces Smithsonian Music

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Dr. David J. Skorton, the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian, introduces Smithsonian Music.

Can You Tell Us About the Dress From the Musical "Hello, Dolly"?

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Dwight Bowers, Curator in the Division of Culture and Arts at the National Museum of American History, shows us a costume from the musical "Hello, Dolly!"

Ella Fitzgerald's Grammys

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John Hasse tells us the National Museum of American History collection of Ella Fitzgerald's Grammys and other awards on view at the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

What Can You Tell Us About the Early History of the Piano?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of the Musical Instrument Collection at the National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us a little about the early history of the piano.

Don Loper's Dress for Ella Fitzgerald

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John Hasse tells us about the Don Loper dress Ella Fitzgerald donned in the iconic American Express ad in view in the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

What does music mean to you?

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Museum Specialist and music enthusiast Timothy Anne Burnside tells us what music means to her and a bit about her work at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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