Strum them, pluck them, pick them, slap them, fret them, even manhandle them and you'll get an interesting sound. Guitars are sensitive, adaptable and portable, making them the perfect muse for master musicians as disparate as Santana, Slash, Springsteen and Segovia. Now, this iconic instrument is the focus of The Discovery Musem's new exhibit, "Guitar, The Instrument That Rocked The World" running through May 15. A fully immersive family-friendly exhibition, it explores the guitar's history, sound and science through performance video, audio, hands-on demos, models, touchscreens, stunning images, and photographs.
For instance, in one area, visitors can gauge how much memory and the senses contribute to playing the guitar. A virtual fretboard lights up to show the link between fingers and sound, allowing visitors to see what they hear. The physics of amplifiers is explored and an exhibit on the development of the electric guitar, delves into the magnetic coils that capture a guitar string's vibration.
Throughout there are also live guitar performances of many musical styles, live guitar making demonstrations and lectures by many music makers. More than 40 historically significant guitars are also on view, showing the instrument's different styles and evolution. AC/DC founder Angus Young said, "I just go where the guitar takes me." For music lovers, that should be to The Discovery Museum to learn and experiment with this limitless instrument. Admission is $8-$9.50. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit the Museum's website .
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