The Garage consists of five main areas where for the first time, fans can pick up real instruments, learn to play, jam with friends, brand their band with custom merchandise, and check out great gear and instruments from the Museum’s collection.
Inside the Garage, fans play real instruments – drums, guitar, bass and keyboards – at dedicated practice stations. Whether they’re playing an instrument for the first time, or are experienced players, video prompts will guide them as they learn a song or show off their freestyle skills. For some fans, this will be the unforgettable first time they experience a hands-on connection to the instruments of rock.
Videos feature a curated song selection that includes music from classic rock, soul, grunge and hip hop and all points in between. Fans can learn about some of the key instruments of rock and participate in a brief lesson on how to play major riffs from curated Inductee songs.
For those who want to jam with their friends or create an impromptu fan band, the Jam space boasts a full band setup, stocked with real, high-quality gear, where fans can participate in collaborative audio and video recording or freestyle jam sessions.
Fans can relax, pick up an acoustic instrument – like a guitar or a ukulele – have a seat and strum, or watch one of the impromptu bands in the Jam space.
BRAND YOUR BAND
As evidenced throughout rock & roll history, building a great band also involves giving it a visual identity. Fans can view a brief exhibit on how some iconic bands got their iconic logos, and then try their hand at creating their own band logos at the Brand Your Band interactive kiosks.
The Garage Gear exhibit highlights great gear and instruments from the Museum’s collection. Fans will see historic instruments in this changing exhibit featuring rock’s tools of the trade. Selected artifacts now on exhibit:
- Original wooden plank guitar prototype made and played by Les Paul.
- 6-string Fender Telecaster guitar used in studio by various artists, including B.B. King, Jeff Beck and Johnny Marr of The Smiths, among others.
- Ludwig floor tom drum played by Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill throughout her tenure with the group.
- Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster guitar with synchronized Tremelo and original custom body, played by Buddy Guy.
- Technics Quartz direct drive turntable used by Terminator X of Public Enemy.
- Goya 6-string electric guitar played by Debbie Harry of Blondie.
- Black Sabbath crash cymbals.
- Fender Telecaster 6-string electric guitar played by Susan Tedeschi.
- Fender Bassman amplifier used at FAME Studios by Rick and Rodney Hall.