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Guitar Lovers, Unite: GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World Comes to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science – Westword

Summary

For the past decade, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World has introduced visitors to the science, sound, history and pop culture behind the world’s most popular instrument. The exhibit, which will be at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science from November 19 through April 17, will highlight a number of Colorado-based guitarists as part of its local run.

The traveling show includes more than sixty instruments, exploring the cultural and physical history of the guitar while nod…….

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For the past decade, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World has introduced visitors to the science, sound, history and pop culture behind the world’s most popular instrument. The exhibit, which will be at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science from November 19 through April 17, will highlight a number of Colorado-based guitarists as part of its local run.

The traveling show includes more than sixty instruments, exploring the cultural and physical history of the guitar while nodding to dedicated local players like trance bluesman Otis Taylor, Todd Park Mohr (frontman for Big Head Todd & the Monsters), jazz guitarist Bill Frisell (who grew up in Denver), avant-garde guitarist Janet Feder, flamenco guitarist El Javi and Miguel and Brenda Avina of bilingual psych-rock band iZCALLi.

“We’re excited about this group of people because they represent a lot of different genres and span age groups,” says Lindsey Housel, experience developer for the museum. “As you go through the exhibit and you’re seeing all these different guitars and hearing all the different sounds and getting the science behind the instrument as well, you might see people you know from town in there.”

Housel says guests will not just see guitars, but will also experience video and audio footage at various hubs around the gallery that provide hands-on experience with instruments. There’s also a jam room.

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Visitors will explore many variations of guitars at the exhibit.

Courtesy of the National GUITAR Museum

“At different times throughout the exhibit, you’re going to be able to come in and you might see electric and acoustic guitars and even a slide guitar that you can actually get your hands on and play,” Housel says. “There’s also a luthier’s bench, so you’ll actually get to see the insides of a guitar and get a sense of how they’re made.”

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“Whether you relate to that on the instrument sort of level, like you play it or you’ve heard it played — we all have a story about a piece of music or an experience you’ve had where guitars are involved,” she says. “We show up to anybody’s house with a guitar, and we’re in.”

Since guitars have gone hand in hand with amplifiers and effect pedals over the past five-plus decades, those are also part of the exhibit, demonstrating how different sonic environments can be created using combinations of all three.

“Some people who might be coming for the music or coming for the guitars themselves maybe haven’t thought about those aspects of it — or maybe that’s all they think about,” Housel says. “I think …….

Source: https://www.westword.com/music/guitar-rocked-world-denver-museum-nature-science-12764658