About Rusty Cooley
Guitarist Rusty Cooley received his first guitar on his 15th birthday and never looked back. Unsatisfied with local instructors, Rusty began teaching himself through Doug Mark’s Metal Method and various other instructional books and videos. During High School, Rusty took music theory classes and also attended the National Guitar Workshop. He performed solo guitar in high school talent shows and performed such pieces as Van Halen’s “Eruption” and Randy Rhoads “Revelation Mother Earth” solos. During his senior year, Rusty was offered his first teaching job at the same store, that just three years earlier, he had bought his first guitar. Some of Rusty’s early influences included: Rhoads, Malmsteen, Becker, Gilbert, Holdsworth, Paganini, Bach, Vai, Gambale, Moore, MacAlpine, Taffolla, Friedman, Howe, Kotzen, Firkins, and Housholder. He was also influenced by many styles including: Jazz, Classical, Funk, Blues and even Country, if you can believe that. There where times when Rusty was pulled in so many different directions by music, he didn’t know if he wanted to be a Classical Conductor or a Jazz guitarist.
After graduating High School, Rusty continued studying Music Theory at the local college, as well as Music History and Classical Piano. In 1989, Rusty joined the local rock band Revolution. Revolution wrote, performed and recorded all original music. Also, during 1995 Rusty entered and won the “Guitar Master Series” winning the title of “Best Guitarist” in Houston. Rusty also started doing guitar clinics as well. Rusty’s presence on the Internet was growing and his music started getting great reviews, which followed with interviews and instructional columns. His music was featured on several compellation CDs as well.
Rusty has also been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar One, Guitar World, Guitar Techniques magazines, Axe and written his own column for Guitar Player magazine titled “Metal Guru”. With a stable and impressive band lineup, Rusty is currently writing and recording Outworld’s second CD which promises to capitalize on the strengths of the debut CD and demolish all expectations. In August 2007 Outworld won 10,000 in a Famecast contest similar to American Idol where viewers watched and voted for the favorite artist.
“Remember to live, eat, sleep and breathe music for the mind, play from your heart and never be swayed by the current trends.” - Rusty Cooley
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