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        History and Improvisation: Making American Music | Craft in America

        History and Improvisation: Making American Music features the craftspeople and musicians showcased in the MUSIC episode. MUSIC features finely crafted handmade instruments and the world renowned artists who play them. MUSIC features interviews and performances from Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens, Director of the Count Basie Orchestra Scotty Barnhart, banjo master Tony Ellis, LA Philharmonic timpanist Joseph Pereira, and virtuoso ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro. Instrument makers featured are Martin Guitar, Hartel Banjos, Monette trumpets, Stelling banjos, and Kamaka ukuleles.

        History and Improvisation: Making American Music - Lesson Plan | Craft in America

        Students view the MUSIC episode, and investigate connections between musicians and their instruments, and between American music and American history. Designed around creating a maker space in which students invent prototype instruments.

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        William L. Ellis & Tony Ellis on Banjos, Fiddle, and Family | Craft in America

        William L. Ellis & his father Tony Ellis on learning to play music, how a Scottish village inspired Tony’s fiddle tune “Plockton Aire,” parlor banjo history, and family influences, including how Tony’s grandmother played him lullabyes on the banjo.

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        David Monette & Scotty Barnhart on Resonance, Feldenkrais, and Better Trumpet Playing | Craft in America

        David Monette talks about his trumpet making philosophy (resonance and intimacy) and works with Scotty Barnhart, along with Feldenkrais practitioner Alice Boyd, to “re-set” Scotty’s body and have him “flowing, way more than before.”

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        Banjo Maker Jim Hartel on the African Heritage of the Banjo | Craft in America

        Banjo maker Jim Hartel shows us old banjos, derived from instruments made by African slaves, plays the minstrel tune "Jim Along Josie," and tells about turn-of-the-century banjo models and playing styles.

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        Geoff Stelling Shows His Custom Banjo Designs | Craft in America

        Geoff Stelling shows some of his beautiful custom banjo designs. Geoff Stelling, Tony Ellis, William L. Ellis, Jeff Vogelgesang, and Darin Lawrence play "Home Sweet Home."

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        Amazing Instruments in the Martin Guitar Co. Museum | Craft in America

        Museum director Dick Boak shows special guitars in the C.F. Martin Museum, including one made in 1834 and ones made for Johnny Cash, Jimmie Rodgers, Eric Clapton, and for craft artists Goro Takahashi and George Nakashima.

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        Kamaka Hawaii Ukuleles | Craft in America

        An image of Kamaka Hawaii ukuleles.

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        Timpani Mallets by JGpercussion | Craft in America

        An image of Timpani mallets by JGpercussion.

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        Jim Hartel Plays His Banjo | Craft in America

        An image of Jim Hartel playing his banjo.

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        Chris Kamaka, Jake Shimabukuro, and Chris Kamaka, Jr. Play Hi'ilawe at the Kamaka Hawaii Workshop | Craft in America

        An image of Chris Kamaka, Jake Shimabukuro, and Chris Kamaka, Jr. playing Hi'ilawe at the Kamaka Hawaii workshop.

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