Talk:Pat Metheny

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The Orb[edit]

Why is the The Orb an 'Associated Act' [Right hand 'Pat Metheny' panel] CookipediaChef (talk) 19:28, 6 November 2009 (UTC)


Not mentioned in the "influences" is John McLaughlin. Whom I have, on numerous occasions, read Metheney speak very highly of. The Shakti guitar used by McLaughlin in the early-mid seventies is clearly a forerunner to the Pikasso guitar. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Armins (talkcontribs) 15:42, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

University of Miami[edit]

One real intersting fact about P. Metheny is not mentioned on this page: Pat was given a full scholarship to University of Miami's music school. Very shortly after he enrolled, he decided he couldn't hack it and told the administration he was planning on dropping out. Hearing this, the University of Miami immediately offered him a teaching position, which he took. Going to UM is where he likely met Jaco Pastorius, so I think his time in Miami is notable.

No signature above. My text starts here: On this interview (see link below), Pat Metheny confirms that he taught at the University of Miami and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston when he was 18 and 19, respectively. He doesn't say anything about attending the UM as a student of dropping out of college, but he says that he was invited to teach at the UM right after finishing High School.

Berklee is one of the most respected music institutions in the whole world, so I think that part of his resume is quite relevant, particularly because of his age at the time. That part of his resume should be included as well and perhaps the whole story about dropping from college excluded as it doesn't make much sense, could be wrong and lacks citation. Can someone please revise accordingly?


--Electrobird (talk) 04:55, 17 September 2009 (UTC)


  1. Metheny was born on August 12, 1954, see [1]
  2. Metheny uses to write in lower case only, cf [2]
  3. The above entry has been made by: IP A little whois gives:

inetnum: - netname: DTAG-DIAL16 descr: Deutsche Telekom AG country: DE mnt-by: DTAG-NIC changed: 20010807 changed: 20030211

I think it is safe to say that Metheny doesn't surf via Deutsche Telekom, while he stays in NYC!

Jost ammon 21:54, 27 May 2004 (UTC)

Needs work[edit]

Someone did a copy-paste of a discography here. I tried to re-arrange it but I'm not sure this belongs here with that much detail.

Yes, this passage was/is extremely detailed. Maybe an external link with the discography would be better. Anyway I've put it at the end, so the article is readable. Jost ammon 05:57, 22 Jul 2004 (UTC)


I have reverted it because of URV --Ot 15:02, 4 May 2005 (UTC)

  • Thanks for catching that. It did look like somebody pasted it from some other source, hence my half-hearted attempt at cleaning it up. Julius.kusuma 20:41, 4 May 2005 (UTC)

Pat Metheny Information[edit]

This article reads like a description of Pat Metheny Group, not Pat Metheny. We need to put something in here about Pat and move all of the detailed PMG stuff to the PMG article. A light overview of PMG as one of Pat's long-term projects would be sufficient. I might want to make a large reorganization of this article if no-one objects. Thoughts? Please reply here for discussion. — Mperry 17:27, 3 February 2006 (UTC)

The move of the PMG material seems complete--now's the time to start a re-write of the Pat Metheny page. Any volunteers to get it started? — Martin Monkman 04:40, 11 May 2006 (UTC)
I'll start with a clean-up/rewrite when I get home Friday night. --Mperry 20:37, 11 May 2006 (UTC)

This article has about as much text on the Pat Metheny Group as the main article on the Pat Metheny Group. That's too much duplication. We should either 1) move more info on PMG to the PMG article, or 2) merge the two articles.Bsharvy 08:32, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

Thin or heavy pick?[edit]

Either somebody should finally clear this dispute up by providing a clearly sourced answer, or the whole sentence should probably be removed. The periodic unexplained to-ing and fro-ing between 'thin' and 'heavy' serves no useful purpose. Guy Hatton 06:51, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Update: a Google search on the subject suggests strongly that 'thin' is the correct answer, but it might be preferable if somebody could post a reference where this information comes 'from the horses mouth'. So far, I have not found any direct quote from Metheny confirming his use of (or preference for) a thin pick. I shall leave the 'citation needed' tag in place, but try to ensure that the text reads 'thin' for the time being. Guy Hatton 14:53, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Hi. I realize my words doesn't carry much weight, since I'm anonymus. But, Metheny personally gave me one of his picks. (In a situation where i had lost my own, and needed to borrow.) It is a large pick, extremely thin. Metheny uses it "sideways, so it bends around the thumb and acts like a sort of medium pick. regards. The writing on the pick spells simply "Pat Metheny."


I started a new article, Pat Metheny discography. Does someone agree that the whole section regarding PMG has to be cut and merged with its own Pat Metheny group article?--Dr. Who 01:09, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

I am surprised PMG even have their own article at all01:15, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
Your surprise doesn't help us to improve these articles. Cheers.Dr. Who 01:24, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

Last Train Home[edit]

This song was featured in a very popular Publix holidays commercial from back in the day. Folks in Florida would know it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 13:22, 10 March 2007 (UTC).

Point of View (POV) Problems[edit]

There's a lot of personal point-f-view in this article....

  • "Metheny has written over 200 pieces and continues to push musical limits in both his composition and performance."
  • The entirety of the "Side Projects" and "Guitar Contributions" sections
  • "Pat took part in recording some of the CDs by his elder brother, trumpeter Mike Metheny [3], a talented jazz musician and a trumpet player"

These opinions need to be attributed to a notable source, e.g. "Jazz guitarist Jim Hall has said Metheny pushes musical limits..." or deleted.Bsharvy 08:40, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

Also, the entire section on Kenny-G seems pretty gratuitous. Why is that a central to an encyclopedia entry for Pat Metheny? It seems like Kenny G bashing (which may be fun and reasonable, but not appropriate to do in Wikipedia). Also, note Wikipedia's strict policies regarding statements about living people. Bsharvy 08:42, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

Well go ahead and delete the Kenny G stuff and clean up any other POV non-cited stuff. thanks Peter morrell 05:58, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

Yes, go ahead, be bold; though Im mostly busy with the Pink Floyd Wikiproject and also with the planning of a new wikiproject related to music technology, I come here from time to time, and I am happy to help and support any good changes in this article.Doktor Who 11:17, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

Here is the removed Kenny G stuff

Criticism of Kenny G[edit]

Metheny has been highly critical of instrumental pop saxophonist Kenny G. A detailed analysis of Kenny G's playing and approach was offered by Metheny on his Web site in 2000, archived on Jazz [3]. Drawing Metheny's extreme ire was Kenny G's overdubbing of a song by legendary jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Metheny stated, "By disrespecting Louis, his legacy and by default, everyone who has ever tried to do something positive with improvised music and what it can be, Kenny G has created a new low point in modern culture - something that we all should be totally embarrassed about" - the full Q & A contains far more explicit commentary.

The statement has received support by other musicians. English guitarist Richard Thompson responded to Metheny's comment's by writing the song, "I Agree With Pat Metheny, Kenny's Talents Are Too Teeny."[4] Also, a trio of improvisational American musicians, have toured numerous times by the "punk jazz" moniker, "The Dead Kenny G's."

...question is: can it be modified and added back or shall it stay here as a deleted item? comments please. thanks Peter morrell 15:35, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

This can all stay out. It reads somewhat like a gossip column. It is unlikely that he intended for his original statements to become so widely read. What might work however is a brief generalized mention of all of his literary work (be it blog) in the biography section. Also, a gentle (with a capital G) mention of controvery, or criticism by improvisatioanl artists towards Kenny G's Armstrong "duet" may be appropriate on the Kenny G article. - Steve3849 talk 21:22, 30 August 2007 (UTC)
I fully agree with Steve, just my 1 cent.--Doktor Who 22:05, 30 August 2007 (UTC)
I also agree. The removed section doesn't do anything to help explain who Metheny is and why he's notable. --Mperry 04:53, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Has Pat Metheny lived in Cabo Frio (Rio de Janeiro)?[edit]

The article says Pat lived in Brazil... Well I heard he lived specifically in Cabo Frio, does anyone know if that is true? Does he still have a house in there?--Vittau (talk) 07:22, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

I am not sure about Cabo Frio, but I know for sure (sorry, I can't prove it) that Metheny used to rent an apartment at Avenida Delfim Moreira across the Leblon Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil around 1988 and spent a lot of time in that city. I once visited that apartment accompanying guitarist Toninho Horta (I was his roadie). Around that time he also held auditions in Rio for a percussionist and hired Armando Marçal to play with the PMG. If someone finds this relevant and can trust my word, please update accordingly.

--Electrobird (talk) 05:26, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Dead external links to Allmusic website – January 2011[edit]

Since Allmusic have changed the syntax of their URLs, 1 link(s) used in the article do not work anymore and can't be migrated automatically. Please use the search option on to find the new location of the linked Allmusic article(s) and fix the link(s) accordingly, prefereably by using the {{Allmusic}} template. If a new location cannot be found, the link(s) should be removed. This applies to the following external links:

--CactusBot (talk) 10:54, 2 January 2011 (UTC)

New PM template[edit]

I have added a new Pat Metheny template with links to all of his albums, including those on the Pat Metheny Group template and with the two PMG singles also listed. I wondered whether anyone else thinks that it would be a good idea to merge them both together. I like the separate PMG article, but I also think that it would be good just to have one template that enables his entire body of work to be navigated easily. Thanks. Nostalgic34 (talk) 19:19, 12 May 2011 (UTC)

Roland Guitar Synthesizers[edit]

John Abercrombie never used the GR-300, as far as I know. He used the GR-700 only. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:30, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

Personal life[edit]

Something about Metheny's personal life might be good.

Metheny is married to Latifa and has 3 children as described below. "Pat is here with his striking French-Moroccan wife, Latifa, their two young sons and a new baby." Pat Metheny and Lee Ritenour – Tues Aug 31 2010, by Debra Devi

Natural (talk) 04:11, 6 February 2013 (UTC)Natural