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For the last five years, Bob Clements has been a veritable musical gem buried quietly in the heart of Sanpete County, gracing charity concerts and local events only occasionally. But now Bob and his wife are looking to give others a chance to develop and pursue their own musical inclinations, and they’re doing it because they love it. Bob’s Guitar 360 is the joint venture between lifetime musician Bob Clements and his wife Janette, their effort to evoke the musical talent in Sanpete County. It’s a guitar lesson and repair business the couple run out of their home, offering private and classroom style lessons on nearly any instrument for anyone willing to sit down and learn, Clements says. And with hard work, learn they will. Clements offers a lifetime’s worth of musical achievement and experience to his students. Born in Sacramento in 1958, Clements’ history begins with his recognition of child prodigy as a trumpet player, winning the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award three times and playing with the Sacramento Symphony at age five. From there, Clements began to expand musically, picking up the guitar and other instruments at young ages. “I got interested in guitar because it was just another instrument. My dad bought me one for my twelfth birthday and stayed up every night until my fingers bled, just like the songs play.” Clements picked up the guitar with help from his great uncle, who was a guitar player with Porter Wagoner. “I come from a family of musicians,” he says. His mother played piano as well, and today his Clement’s children are accomplished musicians in their own right. Clements even admits his daughter can be a better guitar player than he. “Some of the time,” he says as he smiles. “He shouldn’t even be able to play as well as he does today,” Janette says. Clements broke both his wrists when he slipped and fell while playing with his dogs nearly seven years ago, requiring a year physical therapy and buildup to normality. “I basically had to learn to play the guitar all over again,” Clements says. “And he’s a better player than he used to be today, too,” Janette says. Clements says his approach has changed, both as a product of his accident and of his age. “I used to want to play the headbanging stuff, now it’s more bluesy, more Almond Brothers.” Preceding his slip, Clements was moving around the country working as road crew for bands like Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, and the Spinners. His big break plays like a dream: when the bass player for the Spinners was out with appendicitis the night of a performance, the band looked to Clements, asked him if he could play bass, and threw him a guitar and some music, gave him three hours. “The rest is history,” Clements says. Clements went on to play with Huey Lewis, the Temptations, and the Tokens. And that history, which includes playing live shows in front of thousands, made settling down in Centerfield a bit of culture shock. After discovering that their storage unit full of musical equipment had been robbed clean following Clements’ broken wrists, the two decided to settle down in Centerfield where Janette’s brother lived. “I like it here. But it is a culture shock. If you’d asked me ten years ago where I was going to be, I would not have said in the middle of Utah. But I remember when we first got here, everybody was just nice. They smiled, they said hello!” Clements has occasionally displayed his talent around the county, playing free for charity concerts and even tying first place at Sanpete’s Got Talent this year. Bob’s Guitar 360 is an opportunity to learn from someone whose appreciation of music spans decades, time that has given Clements understanding of the craft as an artist. “Music is mathematical. That’s what it is,” he says. “But in between those pieces of math, that’s the emotion part. It’s the part that you feel. That’s the difference between reading music and playing and feeling music and playing. I try to teach that to my students.” For more information on learning from Bob or for guitar repairs, call Bob’s guitar 360 (435-201-1878) or email at bobsguitar360@live.com.


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