5 minutes alone – Sevendust’s Clint Lowery: “Steve Vai broadened my perspective on what could be done with the guitar”

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On teachers, touring and terrible gigs

Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery talks Vai, a PRS called Bruce Lee and the real key to survival in a band…

Got my first real six string

“I was originally a drummer, but I became a guitarist because I struggled to find musicians who wrote songs. My first instrument was this Aria Pro II, I don’t even know if people will have heard of it, but it was a metal-looking guitar with a thunderbolt across it in Candy Apple Red. I don’t have it but I know the guy that does and I recently contacted him to see if I could get it back. I’m not sure if he wants to give it up…”

Show me the way

“My number one is probably Steve Vai. He opened up a lot of barriers for me, just attempting to learn his material when I was young opened my mind. It broadened my perspective on what could be done with the guitar. He was more of an extremist, very vast in what he did stylistically. I’ve had the chance to meet him a couple of times, but I’d love to sit down and learn more…”

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