Profile:Brett Wessel

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Brett Wessel was born April 7, 1986. As a child, he wanted to be an inventor, until he learned that such a career did not pay well. Around the age of eight, he wanted to be an architect, until he learned how much math was involved. After that, Brett wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his life. At the age of thirteen, he began to play the guitar. At seventeen, he started community college. Brett took Music Appreciation, and met a boy named Joel. Joel was a talented guitarist, and he played fingerstyle and classical guitar. This was the first time Brett had seen such a style, and he was determined to play similarly. Brett started learning "Blackbird" (The Beatles), practicing nearly seven hours each day. Not even painful blisters would stop him. When the song was finally recognizable, and his fingers finally beginning to be familiar with the style, he began learning various pieces for classical guitar. Brett soon began writing his own compositions for the guitar based on what he had learned.

Two years later, at nineteen, playing the guitar was the only thing Brett could think about. He began to consider changing his major from Social Science to Music Theory/Composition. Brett talked with a professor who was finishing his degree in Music Theory/Comp, and was advised on which courses to take. After one semester, Brett became discouraged, and unsure if he really wanted to major in music. He took another semester of music related courses, and being even more discouraged, he changed his major to Liberal Arts and finished college.

At the age of twenty-three, Brett is still unsure of what to do with his life. He now composes music for the guitar, piano, violin, and cello, and writes "contemporary sounding" songs as well.