Rusty Cooley: In Shred We Trust

By Andrew Catania

Rusty Cooley is one of those few names of the metal shredding genre who have proven themselves as an eligible and worthy heir to the legacy of eternal metal legends such as Yngwie Malmsteen. An honor and acclaim of this significance never come as complementary though. It should require immense talents, some exceptional command and penchant for non-conformity on a musician’s part to not just make a mark, but a breakthrough to demolish the status quo of the industry.

In the specific realm of rock and metal music sphere, many musicians have emerged since the mighty era of the 1980s, as a promising addition to the genre. Equipped with speed, techniques and making waves with their unique style, some musicians of the modern era of metal are making an encouraging reassurance that the future of the genre is in safe hands. However, among all the shred metal maestros of the modern era, Rusty Cooley’s name rests a par above many.

It should cost an exceptional talent, and a considerable dose of efforts to a metal musician to be called a “Super Shredder” and Rusty Cooley has proven his mettle and expertise to be rendered as worthy of the title. That is not all Rusty Cooley possesses to his claim.

Rusty is also known as ‘The Master Shredder’ and as one of ‘The Fastest Guitarists in the World.’ All these titles and awards and that too at the age of 48 tell a lot about the strength, status and the credibility of a musician like Rusty.

Completely owning the genre that brought him this fame, Rusty has not only contributed to the progress of the genre, he has also been imparting his acumen and expertise for the benefit of the current and coming generations of metal musicians.

Rusty’s playing technique is pure and highly refined. His tones are well-structured, finely articulated to the core and stands a class apart regarding the flow, speed, depth, nuances, and versatility. It is interesting to note that these unique attributes that have become his signature characteristics primarily stem from his self-taught learning approach.

Rusty Cooley was never satisfied in learning from the instructors and opted instead for his high road. Plunging headlong into the pursuit of his passion, Rusty tried his hands on a variety of instruments, playing styles, techniques, and that too in a multitude of genres and sub-genres.

This extensive learning has allowed him to build a firm grasp of rock and metal music. Being well-versed with the tact and intricacies of the chords, it has become a cakewalk for him to squeeze out tones, with extreme clarity, exuberant audacity and at an outrageous speed.

Talking about his ideas and role models, Rusty claims to be inspired by some eminent musicians of the 1970s and 1980s decade. Some of his prime influences and inspirations include prominent names such as Vinnie Moore, Randy Rhoads, Tony McAlpine, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, and of course, Yngwie Malmsteen.

For more information on Rusty please visit his website at http://rustycooley.com/

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