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It’s not everyday that a guitarist can enter a competition, not make the final cut, but end up walking away with the grand prize. Local teen Joey Farish, 18, did just that during the annual KZRR 94 Rock’s Ibanez Guitar Lick Off.
The contest, sponsored by radio station 94 Rock and Grandma’s Music and Sound was from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Grandma’s in Albuquerque. Guitarists from around the state gathered to shred for 60 seconds apiece, in hopes of winning one of three Ibanez guitars.
Farish, who currently works at the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, is taking music classes at Northern New Mexico College, and has been playing guitar for almost five years. He said he taught himself how to play after getting a guitar for Christmas one year and only recently began to take music classes.
Farish first heard about the contest last year through one of his instructors at NNMC and decided to enter. He placed third in last year’s competition, so he decided to give it another try this year.
“They gave us 60 seconds to solo,” Farish said, “If you make it into the finals, you have to do another 60 seconds.”
Farish said he prepared for the contest by writing a solo piece that he played.
“I actually wrote two, in case I made it into the finals,” he said.
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