Pat Metheny is a true master of guitar, and every player can learn from his awe-inspiring fusion approach – expand your chops with these key concepts

Pat Metheny performs onstage
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Pat Metheny is a phenomenal jazz guitar player, an equally incredible composer, improviser and all-round musician. From the early 1970s and while still in his teens, Metheny began to gain exposure as a member of vibraphonist Gary Burton’s band, on fledgling recordings with bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius and as the youngest lecturer to teach at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. 

From that point to this, Metheny’s career has been staggeringly fruitful, as a band leader with the Pat Metheny Trio and Pat Metheny Group – in collaboration with artists such as Michael Brecker, Ornette Coleman, Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, and Chris Potter, as a sideman for Joni Mitchell, Joshua Redman, Bruce Hornsby, and many more – and a solo performer, with ambitious, groundbreaking projects such as his Orchestrion Project and on his solo acoustic album, One Quiet Night

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John Wheatcroft

John is Head of Guitar at BIMM London and a visiting lecturer for the University of West London (London College of Music) and Chester University. He's performed with artists including Billy Cobham (Miles Davis), John Williams, Frank Gambale (Chick Corea) and Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), and toured the world with John Jorgenson and Carl Palmer.