Updated: 09/11/2013 1:42 PM
Created: 09/11/2013 11:14 AM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri
A Webster teen has been picked up by a major guitar company. Fifteen-year-old Jon Dretto's hard work has really paid off. He recently has been picked up by Paul Reed Smith Guitar Company.
Dretto sat down with News10NBC to share with us his story. He says he hopes other people realize, with a little hard work, anything is possible.
Fifteen-year-old Jon Dretto started playing the guitar when he was eight-years-old.
Dretto said, “My dad was in the music industry for many years and always had many instruments coming in and out of the house, I was like 'guitar is the coolest thing' and one day he brought one home and the next day, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I hated it at first. It hurt my finger, it was heavy and clunky and he made me practice and I thank him everyday for that.”
It wasn't long before Dretto was hooked.
Dretto said, “The guitar becomes an extension of you in some way or form. It is more than just wire and wood. I can't really explain it, the feeling it gives you.”
And over the years, Dretto's style of music has changed too.
Dretto said, “I started out playing heavy metal, all speed stuff. I worked on dexterity. My dad turned me on to blues and it opened up a whole universe for me. I gravitated to blues, it is a universal language. I couldn't tell you. I didn't find the blues, the blues found me. There are so many possibilities. Blues is all about feelings and your feeling change everyday. So there is an infinite amount of different licks and riffs and songs and competitions.”
Recently, Dretto's practice and hard work paid off. He has been picked up by Paul Reed Smith Guitar Company. But with the continued support of his family, Dretto hopes this is just the beginning.
Dretto said, “I would love to be able to write my own music. It is very challenging and I'm working on it right now, but I think with a little hard work, I can get through it.”
And Dretto hopes others are inspired by his story.
Dretto said, “I feel like I got my talent from just hard work. I feel like anyone can do it if they work at it.”