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Quad Cities October 2014 Musician of the Month: Parry Gustafson
By West Music Conservatory
9/25/2014 2:13:00 PM

Parry had to try a few instruments before landing on guitar. Piano, saxophone, and drum set all got some of his attention before he fell in love with the guitar - and did he fall hard! He started teaching himself guitar but felt he hit a 'wall' in his learning, so he started taking lessons with Andy Cowan. After only a year of taking lessons, his playing has taken off. According to Andy, "I remember seeing Parry around when he was taking drum and saxophone lessons, and he just didn't seem excited. Now, he walks around the store playing his guitar before his lesson. He always walks into lessons amped up and ready to learn. He has really found his instrument." He is starting a band that is writing original work and he plays at his church with a praise band. He still plays drums, and will be in the RI High drum line next year.

Parry listens to bands like Asking Alexandria, BMTH, and Avenged Sevenfold, but Ed Sheeran is his guitar idol. His interest in Ed Sheeran is probably why he is currently working primarily on his acoustic guitar chops and could explain how he can seamlessly break into a great British accent. So good in fact, he has fooled British people into thinking he was a native!

His favorite thing about playing guitar is that he is able to express himself and make the music he loves instead of just listening to someone else make it. He hopes to one day be a full time musician. He urges other musicians to, "Follow your dreams - if you have one, go for it!" Congratulations to Parry for turning heads so far. Maybe you too will hear him playing acoustic walking around the store!




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