Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Jazz Improvisation magazine – 2004 interview with Pat Metheny

JI: Could you tell us about the kinds of feelings and sounds and things that you experienced growing up that led you toward the direction you’ve taken?

PM: Well, I’m from a musical family, my older brother Mike is a great trumpet player and he’s five years older than me and as far back as I can remember, I can recall the sound of him practicing. I think he started when he was six or seven and the sound of someone practicing trumpet in the house has kind of been with me right from the very beginning. My dad was also a trumpet player all through his college years and he continued to play and still plays a bit. And my mom’s dad was a professional trumpet player his whole life. He played with John Philip Sousa’s band one summer, he was an amazing trumpet player, so trumpet was kind of the sound that probably defined my early relationship to music of all kinds and remains probably my touchstone in terms of sound. I still think and also I should add, I started playing trumpet when I was eight. Mike was my teacher and we had a great teacher in our school system who was also a great trumpet player, Keith House was his name, and Mr. House was Mike’s teacher and whatever Mr. house taught him, Mike would try to teach me. The trumpet consciousness I think that’s been with me from the early days has always been a real defining part of who I am as a musician and...

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