- David "Skinny Devil" McLean
Originally published at Tinfoil Music
Date: Thursday, May 01 2003 @ 12:43:43 BST
Rusty Cooley is the reigning king of progressive rock guitar music.
7-string guitar virtuoso has been turning heads since the mid-90s when
he won Houston's "Guitar Masters Series". Since then Rusty has played in
several bands (Revolution & Outworld) where he wrote, recorded, and
performed original music; written lessons for his site and
Chop-From-Hell (one of the most respected guitar instructional sites on
the web); recorded for several compilation discs ("Generation Ibanez",
"Guitar 2001", "Guitarapalooza", "Ballbuster", & "Warmth in the
Wilderness: A Tribute to Jason Becker"); appeared on TV & radio;
taught privately; and received accolades from some of rock's top
magazines (he was just named by GuitarOne Magazine as one of the "Top 10
Fastest Shredders of All Time") and players (including Jeff Beck's
guitar wizard Jennifer Batten).
has released, via Chops-From-Hell, three top-selling instructional
CD-ROMS: "The Art of Picking", "Shred Guitar Manifesto", "Extreme
Pentatonics". He has also just released his debut solo CD, "Rusty
Cooley", for Lion Records which features 12 incredible cuts.
playing is extremely fast, extremely fluid, extremely musical,
extremely emotional, and extremely sophisticated - demonstrating an
understanding of advanced musical concepts while still rocking out.
These qualities have made him one of the most exciting rock players to
hit the scene in years, amazing fans and guitarists alike.
keep up with Rusty's moves, listen to sound clips, view video clips,
access his free lessons, and grab up his gear, be sure to visit his WEB-SITE.
had a chance to chat with Rusty recently, who spoke from his new home
in Alpharetta, Georgia (USA) where he teaches, performs, and records.
Check it out!
1) What are your current projects?
I'm putting a band together to support the release of my debut cd on
Lion Music. It's really hard to find guys who can play this stuff!
2) How do these differ from your past work?
The main difference is that this is instrumental as opposed to vocal.
3) Do you have one project that you are most proud of as a guitarist?
I think this CD and a recent demo that I did last October with my old band Outworld is some of my best playing.
4) Can you give our readers a run-down of your basic gear (live and/or studio)?
now I'm using a Fender M-80 pre-amp, DBX dual stereo gate, Rocktron
Intellifex, and Intellipitch, VHT power amp, 4 Marshall 4X12 cabinets,
GCX Ground Control Pro, Rocktron Austin Gold overdrive, Jackson custom 7
string, Ibanez Universe, and a custom Conklin 8 string.
5) Who would you cite as early influences, and who are you favorite new players?
Rhoads, Malmsteen, Gilbert, and Becker.
Currently, if I had to have a favorite, it would be Shawn Lane.
6) Can you give a few tips to aspiring players?
Practice, practice, practice! Stick to your guns and forget about what is trendy.
7) What are your future plans?
continue to write, record, play live, put out more instructional
material, and to just keep practicing and progressing as a musician.
8) Thanx for talking to us, Rusty!