The world of playing, recording, writing, composing, and managing music is explained at the new Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery at Music City’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The gallery allows visitors to mix a band recording, cut a vocal track, understand the dynamics of guitar building, and more, plus displays a variety of historic guitars and other instruments.
The gallery was created through a generous donation by Gretsch Company president Fred Gretsch and his wife Dinah, who is the historic guitar-and-drum builder’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, through the Gretsch Foundation, which funds a plurality of concerts and music education initiatives.
The Gretsch family has been a leader in American musical instrument making since 1883. Now they’ve also become leaders in innovative music education with the underwriting of the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery. The gallery provides a unique, close-up look at the process of creating music that’s geared to youthful learners, but fun for adults, using artifacts from the museum’s collection and such learning tools as a giant Gretsch guitar, touchscreens, and a do-it-yourself studio where visitors can record and mix tracks.
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