"The guitar is quite a phenomenon, one that goes far beyond what it initially appears to represent. When we study something that generates ingenuity, it creates a condition that not only reveals more to us about ourselves, but in that process causes important changes in our viewpoints.Pat Martino's music, mastery of the fretboard, and enlightening improvisational concepts have inspired musicians since the early 60's when he first took to the bandstand as a teenager. Fifty-plus years later Pat is considered one of the most influential guitarists walking the planet today.
That's what these studies are about. They're designed to provide a greater insight regarding specific traits of the instrument itself, but at the same time joining with similarities found in many other things. In this way continuously producing what's needed to expand our perspectives. That's 'The Nature of Guitar.'" - Pat Martino
"Jazz is the continual pulsation of the now." - Pat MartinoGuitar Player Magazine sums Pat's musicality up very accurately; "Martino's awe-inspiring technique, endlessly inventive lyricism, and driving feel - thanks to a wicked picking hand that can deliver endless streams of notes with a stunningly beautiful and powerful attack - have made him one of jazz guitar's most dynamic, singular exponents."
"True music, like all true art, is an experience to be shared, not judged, for praise cannot make it better, as blame cannot make it worse." - Pat MartinoMany of us here at TrueFire have been privileged to attend his fascinating and enlightening workshops and seminars over the years. We've read and re-read practically every interview and article related to the way he sees and feels music. These are very deep waters but those brief workshops and relatively short articles just don't seem to dive deep enough to achieve a true understanding of Pat's iconoclastic teachings.
"The guitar is of no great importance to me. The people it brings to me are what matter. They are what I'm extremely grateful for, because they are alive. The guitar is just an apparatus." - Pat MartinoThe Nature of Guitar is a dream come true for all of us here at TrueFire. We can't thank Pat enough for trusting us with the project. We also must thank Tom Dempsey for his brilliant consultative and production contributions.
"As an improviser you need to experience the moment - and that includes everything in the moment. Observe the people around you - the bandleader, the bartender - what they wear, how they deal with people, the simple continuity of their presence. As you do that you'll see how you affect them, and you'll play and act accordingly. You need to study the reality of the moment, and that is very rarely about studying modes and intervals." - Pat Martino