Engineering & Electric Guitars

[MUSIC PLAYING] [PLAYING ELECTRIC GUITAR] Look at the Fender Stratocaster. This is 1950s technology. You can take it apart
with a screwdriver, put it back together again. The neck’s bolted on. Come on. But you can fix it. You can modify it. And you can understand
every aspect of it. The guitar is so amazing. It’s just pieces of some
long, thin material. And you pluck it, and it
makes an amazing sound that can make people cry, cheer. It’s mixing music
with engineering, which is very interesting,
because no one really thinks that music can be
related to engineering. [ELECTRIC GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] The first field trip
is the Guitar Center. I’m going into a place that
they feel is really cool, and I’m just being a total geek. And hopefully, they’ll make
a connection with physics. I thought one of the
coolest parts, when we walked into the vault,
which is all the guitars that are $5,000 and up, and
these vintage Strats, and things like that. You definitely see
the intersection between art and engineering if
you look at a guitar like that. The next field trip is to
the Museum of Fine Arts. Our banjos are descended
from African instruments. So I’m just seeing
craftsmanship and engineering. To me, I go into the MFA,
I see engineering, too. Sorry, I can’t help it. It was made in Italy in
1628, Livorno, Italy, by a maker named Jacopo Checchucci. This is made out of plastic. It’s a styrene, molded plastic. They call it frying pan. It was never sold
under that name, but that’s what
everyone says, oh yeah, it’s like a frying pan. We can use what we know in
math to help understand music. And we can use what we
know about music already to help understand some of the
math and science behind it. [ELECTRIC GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] I think mixing arts and
engineering is great. I never considered it,
coming into this class. [ELECTRIC GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] [ELECTRIC GUITAR STRING PLAYING] [DRUMS PLAYING] So engineering really doesn’t
have to be boring at all. I mean, a lot of
people think it is, because it involves a
lot of math and numbers. But you feed those
numbers into a machine with a block of
aluminum, and out comes this piece of machined
aluminum that could end up in a museum somewhere. Mum bum billia um bum. Um bum bum billia um bum. [CLASSICAL MUSIC PLAYING] [INAUDIBLE] [SINGING PERCUSSION] I think there’s creativity
in art, music, mathematics, science. And different people get
their brain chemicals going with any of those. Once it all comes
together in a piece, yeah, I mean, it’s definitely
art, at that point. Any really musical instrument
is kind of amazing. Even people who can just
use their voice and sing, that’s a piece of art to me. I think it’s fantastic. I think it’ll make me a
more well-rounded engineer as I learn different
aspects of art that I can pull
into my engineering. And it will just make me a
better artist and a better engineer. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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