Quotes by: Pat Metheny

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I'm triggering acoustic instruments. I'm literally beating, smacking, hitting, blowing, doing physical things. It's an incredibly exciting way to make music.
Pat Metheny
I would always contend that talent is an element, but over the long run, ultimately, a minor part of it all; it is mostly hard work.
Pat Metheny
The guitar for me is a translation device. It's not a goal. And in some ways, jazz isn't a destination for me. For me, jazz is a vehicle that takes you to the true destination - a musical one that describes all kinds of stuff about the human condition and the way music works.
Pat Metheny
There are musicians who go through their lives sort of shedding their skins. For me, I've always felt backward-compatible to Version 1.0.
Pat Metheny
It's more about conception and touch and spirit and soul than whether my hardware was in place.
Pat Metheny
The reality of music itself, which is the fabric of life for me, is where most of my attention is.
Pat Metheny
I was able to work with the best musicians in Kansas City starting when I was really young.
Pat Metheny
No two notes are ever the same volume. With the guitar, you really have to model in your mind this wider thing; you're trying to create the illusion of a bigger dynamic range.
Pat Metheny
I have three young kids and a great family. I love hanging out with them more than anything.
Pat Metheny
I don't know if I would qualify as mainstream. I think I have managed to function pretty successfully on the fringes of the music world and have been able to play exactly what I have wanted the way I have wanted.
Pat Metheny
There are some musicians who are talented and see themselves as some kind of natural geniuses or something because of a certain amount of natural ability. But that is often rarely the case over the long term.
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
I realized that equipment really had little to do with why I sound like the way I sound.
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
From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture, thanks mostly to the Beatles.
Pat Metheny
The beauty of jazz is that it's malleable. People are addressing it to suit their own personalities.
Pat Metheny
From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture, thanks mostly to the Beatles.
Pat Metheny
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