Pat Metheny on Guitar Improvisation

GUITAR & THE ART OF IMPROVISATION – [:89]

NOW, A JAZZ MOMENT

Goin ahead, under

Pat Metheny: The list is endless in terms of things that I’ve tried to do to expand the palate of what being the guitar player in the band is.

LIKE JAZZ MASTERS BEFORE HIM, PAT METHENY WORKS TO BALANCE IMPROVISATIONAL AND WRITTEN MATERIAL ON STAGE, WHILE REDEFINING WHAT THE GUITAR CAN DO.

Pat Metheny: You know, part of my thing as a guitar player was like, okay, yeah, I’ve got my hollow-body jazz guitar, and I can sit there in the seat, but why do we all do that? I mean, guitar is this infinitely malleable thing. Why can’t I include strumming, like on 80/81, or then later on, the guitar-synth type things, or a single coil kind of sound?

Pretty Scattered up and under

THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH GUITARIST PAT METHENY WAS PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

“Goin’ Ahead” and “Pretty Scattered” from 80/81, used courtesy of ECM Records and by permission of Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing a/c Pat Meth Music Corp, BMI.