Gary Clark Jr.: “When I got my guitar, school went out the window. I was practicing all day long, all night long”

Gary Clark Jr.
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Since bursting onto the six-string scene with his trademark blend of blues, soul, funk and R&B, Gary Clark Jr. has gone on to release five albums, win four Grammy awards and cement himself as one of the most formidable electric guitar stars in the industry today. 

Such is the caliber of his playing, it's easy to forget that, once upon a time, Clark Jr. was just like the rest of us – a young, keen guitarist, learning by listening to his favorite records and assimilating the tricks of his heroes into a style of playing that would one day emerge into the fierce sonic force it is today.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.