Pat Martino Solo Jazz Guitar Transcription
Pat Martino is a legend of jazz guitar and one of the most influential musicians of the last century. As a young prodigy, he was highly influenced by the music of Wes Montgomery but soon forged his own distinctive style. His career took a major setback when at the height of his popularity, he suffered a brain aneurysm and a surgery which caused total memory loss. But in the ensuing years, he relearned the guitar and developed an even stronger and more personal style. Although largely known for his extremely articulate, long and winding linear improvisations, his more subtle and introspective solo chordal work should not be overlooked. They have long fascinated me and I’ve been fortunate to sit at the feet of the master and witness him spin off seemingly endless chordal explorations. This Pat Martino solo jazz guitar piece was used in a video to promote his autobiography Here and Now! Here, Pat plays an improvised version of his original composition “Tradia” (copyright Kitai Music, A.S.C.A.P. 2012). Notice the beautiful and unexpected twists, turns and modulations he takes while playing what are mostly simple triads, seventh chords and inversions. This is a gorgeous piece of music and well worth investing some quality time to learn!
Pat Martino “Tradia”
About Soundslice Notation
A little while back I met Adrian Holovaty online. Adrian is an excellent Gypsy Jazz guitarist from Chicago and also an brilliant computer programmer. He was one of the original developers of the web framework Django which is now used by sites like Pinterest, Instagram, Mozilla, The Washington Times, Disqus, and many others. His most recent creation Soundslice allows music notation to be synced with online videos.
To truly appreciate everything you can do with Soundslice, click on the gear in the lower right corner and explore the settings panel. You can then easily navigate the notation, slow it down, loop sections, etc., all the while watching the original video! It’s really an amazing tool for teaching and learning music.
How I created this Transcription
First I loaded the video into Transcribe!, then notated everything in GuitarPro 6 (for more on my transcription process, read my article Some Tips on Transcribing). Finally I uploaded the notation to Soundslice where I added the URL to the original Youtube video, and created the sync points.
Many thanks to the great Pat Martino for his permission to post his work here. I sincerely hope you will enjoy learning this wonderful piece of music.
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