“Practice Constantly to Be Like Pat Metheny”

“Listening is the key to everything good in music”. Pat Metheny

Patrick Bruce “Pat” Metheny (/m?’?i?ni/ m?-THEE-nee; born August 12, 1954) is an American jazz guitarist and composer. He is the leader of the Pat Metheny Group and is also involved in duets, solo works and other side projects. His style incorporates elements of progressive and contemporary jazz, post-bop, latin jazz and jazz fusion

“The first thing I learned was the theme from Peter Gunn”. Pat Metheny

“Someone who knew me when I was 14 said I was the oldest 14-year-old on the planet. Now I’m a 14-year-old who is 60”. Pat Metheny

Metheny was born and raised in , a suburb southeast of Kansas City.

“I was able to work with the best musicians in Kansas City starting when I was really young”. Pat Metheny

At age 15, he won a Down Beat scholarship to a one-week jazz camp and was taken under the wing of guitarist Attila Zoller. Zoller also invited the young Metheny to New York City to see the likes of Jim Hall and Ron Carter.

Following his graduation from Lee’s Summit High School, Metheny briefly attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida in 1972, where he was quickly offered a teaching position. He then moved to Boston to take a teaching assistantship at the Berklee College of Music with jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton.

“I was deep in the zone of practicing almost constantly”. Pat Metheny

In 1974 he made his recording debut on two sessions for pianist Paul Bley and Carol Goss’ Improvising Artists label, along with fretless electric bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Metheny entered the wider jazz scene in 1975 when he joined Burton’s band, where he played alongside resident jazz guitarist Mick Goodrick. Goodrick was a 1967 alumnus of Berklee, who had held a teaching post there in the early 1970s. The two guitarists were interviewed jointly by Guitar Player Magazine in 1975, bringing them to the attention of fellow guitar aficionados around the world. Metheny’s musical momentum carried him rapidly to the point that he had soon written enough material to record his debut album, Bright Size Life, with Pastorius and drummer Bob Moses.

“What I look for in musicians is a sense of infinity”. Pat Metheny

Metheny’s next recording, 1977’s Watercolors, was the first to feature pianist Lyle Mays, Metheny’s most frequent collaborator. The other musicians on this session were Eberhard Weber on upright bass and Danny Gottlieb on drums. Metheny’s next album formalized his partnership with Mays and began the Pat Metheny Group, featuring several songs they co-wrote; the album was released as the eponymous Pat Metheny Group on West German musician/producer Manfred Eicher’s ECM record label. Metheny also has released solo, trio, quartet and duet recordings with musicians such as Hall, Dave Holland, Roy Haynes, Toninho Horta, Burton, Chick Corea, Pedro Aznar, Pastorius, Charlie Haden, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Bill Stewart, Ornette Coleman, Brad Mehldau, Joni Mitchell, Milton Nascimento, Santana, Dominic Miller, Michael Brecker, Trilok Gurtu and many others.


“Under the Influence”

“Guitar became this icon of youth culture, thanks mostly to the Beatles”. Pat Metheny

“I saw A Hard Day’s Night 12 or 13 times”. Pat Metheny

“JAZZ is a concept”

“People sometimes say it takes a long time to become a jazz fan, but for me it took about five seconds”. Pat Metheny

“Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments. It is much more poetic than that. Pat Metheny


“The beauty of jazz is that it’s malleable. People are addressing it to suit their own personalities”. Pat Metheny

“One of the things jazz has always excelled at is translating the reality of the times through its musical prism”. Pat Metheny

“I didn’t want there to be a computer on stage. When I see people with computers on stage, I think, ‘Are you sending e-mail?’ That’s so corny”. Pat Metheny

“I love playing and working on music. It is something that I feel really lucky to be able to spend my life doing. And I don’t sleep much!“Pat Metheny

“Whatever my recorded output is, it’s a reflection of a general love of music”. Pat Metheny


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