Pat Metheny – the icon of jazz guitar

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Pat Metheny is not just a great jazz player but also an Icon in music because of his terrific achievement in the field of music, jazz to be precise. Pat first musical instrument is the trumpet but he now plays mostly the guitar. He is well known for his involvement in so many things which includes: song writing, stage performance, solo works, duets etc.. His style is said to be unique because he combined contemporary and jazz together in his play style. He has several hit albums to his name and also several big and notable awards anyone can get, most especially the Grammy Award.


Metheny was born into the family of Dave and Lois, in the place called the Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He was born into a family where music is being performed and this gave him a solid foundation in music. Both his Father and His Grandpa both influenced his choice to start learning the trumpet as both (His father and Grandfather) were good player of the trumpet while his mother is a good vocalist. He was trained to play the trumpet and music generally by his Grandfather, father and his brother. Metheny’s growth music wise was of a very noticeable change as he was jointly groomed by his grandpa, his brother and father, they regularly do trio all together in the house. He fell in love with Glenn Miller’s swing song because that is what he was exposed to in his tender age. Despite the strong influence on him by his father, grandfather and his brother Metheny later in the year 1964 started to nurture interest in guitar when he saw the live performance of the Beatles showed in the Television. Lucky for him, his parents were flexible and ready to support him no matter what, therefore he was bought a guitar by for his 12th birthday.


Metheny’s professional carrier was influenced by several other musicians namely: Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery and the host of great musicians like Beatles.

Lucky for him, he had the opportunity to be tutored by a great guitarist of his time, Attila Zoller through the scholarship he got in his 15th, he won a scholarship from Down Beat magazine to a one-week jazz camp. It was in the camp that he met his tutor Attila Zoller. What Attila Zoller did was to hand him over to another guitarist because the familiarity between Attila and Pat was growing day by day and Attila believed it will be of less impact if he continues to teach him and the name of the guitarist is Ron Carter.

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His Debut album was in 1974 when he was seen to appeared on an album unofficially titled Jaco with the crew members including the pianist Paul Bley, bassist Jaco Pastorius, and the drummer Bruce Ditmas for Carol Goss’s Improvising Artists label. During the production of this Album, he was totally unaware that he was being recorded, this records his first debut album. Year after this he joined his first musical band headed by Gary Burton band along-side his friend guitarist Mick Goodrick. Life as a young guitarist is not an easy one for him because he is still very immature in the professional things, Metheny made numerous mistakes such as trying to imitate Wes Montgomery which eventually went sour for him at the age of 14, he decided henceforth to stick with his own style. In the liner notes on the 2-disc Montgomery compilation Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides, Metheny is quoted as saying, “Smoking’ at the Half Note is the absolute greatest jazz-guitar album ever made. It is also the record that taught me him how he to play.”