Pat Martino Style 16th Note Lines
Over the years I have been teaching and playing jazz guitar, I’ve developed the habit of collecting and then writing down lines and pieces of melodic jazz vocabulary that have especially appealed to me. For the most part these are just handwritten notes on pieces of manuscript paper for use in my own personal practice regime, although I do occasionally copy them and share them with my online guitar students if they express an interest.
When I was recently sorting through a large pile of such manuscript paper, I came across a folder full of great lines by the legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino who was/and is a big influence for me ever since I first heard him playing ‘Just Friends’ on the album ‘El Hombre’. I thought that I would therefore share some of these lines with you in this post. Btw – If you haven’t heard Pat Martino playing before, then you are missing out on hearing one of the guitar world’s greatest players. He is without doubt one of the true masters of jazz guitar.
I collected the lines below from a whole variety of different sources and slightly modified some of them too, but I hope that you will find them helpful and interesting to learn. Martino’s ability to construct great jazz guitar lines is of course second to none, however you will see some similarities between these examples and in many ways that is part of what becomes a player’s signature style. Perhaps identify his trademark motifs from these lines and adapt them into your own playing style.
For ease of learning, I’ve not added in any extra dynamic markings or specific performance notes, as I will leave that up to you to add yourself as you see fit. My view of learning melodic lines by other players is that it is very useful at times, but you have to personalise them a bit otherwise they can sound too much like the original. Absorbing and adapting musical ideas by other players can often be a worthwhile musical pursuit in my view, but blatant plagiarism really isn’t.
Firstly, here is an audio recording of the lines played at full tempo (130 BPM) on a MIDI piano:
Now here are the same lines played at a slower tempo so you can really hear all the notes within them:
Finally here is a PDF of the lines written both in regular music notation and tablature:
OK that’s it for this lesson…enjoy your Pat Martino lines…