Frank Gambale Book

An illustration of an open book. An illustration of two cells of a film strip. An illustration of an audio speaker. An illustration of a 3.5' floppy disk. Frank Gambale The Frank Gambale Technique Book I Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. Frank explains everything there is to know about his legendary Gambale Sweep Picking. This 10-hour video course has all the fundamentals plus all the exciting new developments Frank has discovered since he wrote the first ever book on the subject 'Speed Picking' and the first-ever video 'Monster Licks and Speed Picking' in the early and mid 80s.

Gambale performing in Montréal in 2011
Background information
Birth nameFrank Gambale
Born22 December 1958 (age 61)
OriginCanberra, Australia[1]
GenresJazz fusion, smooth jazz, jazz, instrumental rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, producer
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1984–present
LabelsLegato, Victor, Favored Nations, Wombat
Associated actsChick Corea Elektric Band, Vital Information, GHS, Return to Forever
Websitefrankgambale.com

Frank Gambale (born 22 December 1958)[2] is an Australian jazz fusion guitarist. He has released twenty albums over a period of three decades, and is known for his use of the sweep picking and economy picking techniques.

Recording career[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Gambale graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood with Student of the Year honors and taught there from 1984 to 1986.[3]

Groups[edit]

With the Mark Varney Project, consisting of Allan Holdsworth, Brett Garsed, and Shawn Lane, he recorded two albums, Truth in Shredding (1990) and Centrifugal Funk (1991).[4]

Beginning in 1987, he spent six years as a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band, playing with Eric Marienthal, John Patitucci, and Dave Weckl. With Corea's band he recorded five albums[5] and shared two Grammy Award nominations. He spent twelve years as a member of Vital Information, led by Steve Smith. He reunited with the Elektric Band in 2002 and with Corea in 2011 when he joined Return to Forever IV with Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Lenny White.[5]

Teaching[edit]

Frank Gambale Books

Gambale has been head of the guitar department at the Los Angeles Music Academy.[3] He joined the Isina mentorship program as head of the guitar department in 2014.[6] During the next year, he started an online guitar school.[7]

Technique[edit]

Gambale has become identified with sweep picking and economy picking. His interest grew out of a desire to transcend the physical limits of the guitar and borrow from other instruments, such as the piano and saxophone. One advantage of the technique is that it allows him to play faster. He can also approximate the way chords are played on piano by using his invented tuning, the Gambale Tuning, in which 'the whole guitar is tuned up a fourth, but the top two strings are down an octave' (A, D, G, C, E, A, low to high).[8]

To further explain the exact strings and tuning used in the Gambale Tuning, Frank posted this explanation on his Facebook page, June 10, 2019

'So, here is GAMBALE TUNING explained...and it only took me 40 years to invent this! ADGCEA. It's the same relative tuning as regular guitar but the lowest string is the 5th string A instead of the regular low E. Also, the 1st and 2nd strings are one octave lower. Here's the suggested string gauges. From low to high use strings from an electric 10 gauge standard set. Use only the A D G and B strings for the 6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd strings. The B string will be tuned up a half step to C. Then for the 1st and 2nd strings use a D and a G string from a standard 09 gauge set. These two strings are to be tuned up a whole step so the D will be tuned to E as the 2nd string wound, and the G will be tuned to A as the 1st string.'

Regular Light, 10-46463626171310
Notes with OctaveE2A2D3G3B3E4
GAMBALE TUNING362617132416
Notes with OctaveA2D3G3C4E3A3


Influence[edit]

Gambale has been featured on the covers of many guitar and jazz-orientated magazines worldwide, while having been cited as an influence by many notable guitarists including Synyster Gates,[9]Dweezil Zappa,[10]Greg Howe,[11] and Pat Metheny.[12] In a 1991 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist Jerry Garcia stated that Gambale was one of his favorite players at the time, stating, 'My personal favorite lately is this guy Frank Gambale, who's been playing with Chick Corea for the past couple of years.'[13]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 1986 Brave New Guitar (Legato)
  • 1987 A Present for the Future (Legato)
  • 1989 Live! (Legato)
  • 1990 Thunder from Down Under (JVC)
  • 1991 Note Worker (JVC)
  • 1993 The Great Explorers (JVC)
  • 1994 Passages (JVC)
  • 1995 Thinking Out Loud (JVC)
  • 2000 Coming to Your Senses (Favored Nations)
  • 2000 The Light Beyond with Stuart Hamm, Steve Smith (Tone Center)
  • 2004 Raison D'être (ESC)
  • 2004 Resident Alien - Live Bootlegs (Wombat)
  • 2004 Resident Alien - Live Bootlegs Disc Two (Wombat)
  • 2006 Natural High (Wombat)
  • 2010 Natural Selection (Wombat)

As co-leader/band member[edit]

With Maurizio Colonna

  • 2000 Imagery Suite (also known as Playgame)
  • 2005 Live
  • 2007 Bon Voyage

With Chick Corea Elektric Band

Frank Gambale Wiki

  • 1987 Light Years
  • 1988 Eye of the Beholder
  • 1990 Inside Out
  • 1991 Beneath the Mask
  • 1996 The Songs of West Side Story
  • 2004 To the Stars
  • 2004 Chick Corea Elektric Band – Live at Montreux (DVD)

With GHS

  • 1998 Show Me What You Can Do
  • 2000 The Light Beyond
  • 2002 GHS 3

With GRP Super Live

  • 1988 GRP Super Live – in Concert

With the Mark Varney Project

  • 1990 Truth in Shredding (with Allan Holdsworth)
  • 1991 Centrifugal Funk (with Brett Garsed and Shawn Lane)

With Vital Information

  • 1988 Fiafiaga
  • 1991 Vital Live
  • 1992 Easier Done Than Said
  • 1996 Ray of Hope
  • 1998 Where We Come From
  • 2000 Live Around the World
  • 2000 Live from Mars
  • 2002 Show 'em Where You Live
  • 2004 Come on In
  • 2012 Live! One Great Night

Instructional videos[edit]

  • 1988: Monster Licks & Speed Picking
  • 1991: Modes: No More Mystery
  • 1993: Chopbuilder: The Ultimate Guitar Workout
  • 2003: Concert with Class
  • 2007: Acoustic Improvisation

Instructional books[edit]

  • 1994: The Frank Gambale Technique Book I
  • 1994: The Frank Gambale Technique Book II
  • 1997: Improvisation Made Easier
  • 1997: The Best of Frank Gambale

References[edit]

  1. ^'Biography'. frankgambale.com. Retrieved 2012-01-23.
  2. ^Gilbert, Mark (2002). 'Gambale, Frank'. In Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. pp. 8–9. ISBN1561592846.
  3. ^ abHallebeek, Richard (20 October 2001). 'Richard Hallebeek'. Richard Hallebeek. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  4. ^Monk, Laurie. 'Mark Varney: Legato interview with Laurie Monk'. Truth in Shredding. pp. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  5. ^ abYanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 79. ISBN978-1-61713-023-6.
  6. ^'Guitar Department'. isina.com.
  7. ^'Frank Gambale Online Guitar School'. frankgambaleonlineguitarschool.com.
  8. ^Fox, Darrin (1 April 2010). 'Frank Gambale'. Guitar Player. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  9. ^ Michael Molenda (23 August 2006). 'Avenged Sevenfold's Zacky Vengeance & Synyster Gates'. GuitarPlayer. Retrieved 17 August 2014.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^'Frank Gambale,Dweezil Zappa: Dweezil explains how Gambale advanced his technique | The Cheap Electric Guitar Blog'. Cheapelectricguitar.wordpress.com. 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  11. ^'Greg Howe Interview – Fusion Maestro | All Out Guitar | Magazine Archive'. All Out Guitar. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  12. ^'Famous Quotes about Frank Gambale'. frankgambale.com.
  13. ^Henke, James (31 October 1991). 'Jerry Garcia: The Rolling Stone Interview'. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 June 2016.

External links[edit]

Retrieved from 'https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Frank_Gambale&oldid=950806797'
Gambale performing in Montréal in 2011
Background information
Birth nameFrank Gambale
Born22 December 1958 (age 61)
OriginCanberra, Australia[1]
GenresJazz fusion, smooth jazz, jazz, instrumental rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, producer
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1984–present
LabelsLegato, Victor, Favored Nations, Wombat
Associated actsChick Corea Elektric Band, Vital Information, GHS, Return to Forever
Websitefrankgambale.com

Frank Gambale (born 22 December 1958)[2] is an Australian jazz fusion guitarist. He has released twenty albums over a period of three decades, and is known for his use of the sweep picking and economy picking techniques.

Recording career[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Gambale graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood with Student of the Year honors and taught there from 1984 to 1986.[3]

Groups[edit]

With the Mark Varney Project, consisting of Allan Holdsworth, Brett Garsed, and Shawn Lane, he recorded two albums, Truth in Shredding (1990) and Centrifugal Funk (1991).[4]

Beginning in 1987, he spent six years as a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band, playing with Eric Marienthal, John Patitucci, and Dave Weckl. With Corea's band he recorded five albums[5] and shared two Grammy Award nominations. He spent twelve years as a member of Vital Information, led by Steve Smith. He reunited with the Elektric Band in 2002 and with Corea in 2011 when he joined Return to Forever IV with Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Lenny White.[5]

Teaching[edit]

Gambale has been head of the guitar department at the Los Angeles Music Academy.[3] He joined the Isina mentorship program as head of the guitar department in 2014.[6] During the next year, he started an online guitar school.[7]

Technique[edit]

Gambale has become identified with sweep picking and economy picking. His interest grew out of a desire to transcend the physical limits of the guitar and borrow from other instruments, such as the piano and saxophone. One advantage of the technique is that it allows him to play faster. He can also approximate the way chords are played on piano by using his invented tuning, the Gambale Tuning, in which 'the whole guitar is tuned up a fourth, but the top two strings are down an octave' (A, D, G, C, E, A, low to high).[8]

To further explain the exact strings and tuning used in the Gambale Tuning, Frank posted this explanation on his Facebook page, June 10, 2019

'So, here is GAMBALE TUNING explained...and it only took me 40 years to invent this! ADGCEA. It's the same relative tuning as regular guitar but the lowest string is the 5th string A instead of the regular low E. Also, the 1st and 2nd strings are one octave lower. Here's the suggested string gauges. From low to high use strings from an electric 10 gauge standard set. Use only the A D G and B strings for the 6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd strings. The B string will be tuned up a half step to C. Then for the 1st and 2nd strings use a D and a G string from a standard 09 gauge set. These two strings are to be tuned up a whole step so the D will be tuned to E as the 2nd string wound, and the G will be tuned to A as the 1st string.'

Regular Light, 10-46463626171310
Notes with OctaveE2A2D3G3B3E4
GAMBALE TUNING362617132416
Notes with OctaveA2D3G3C4E3A3


Influence[edit]

Gambale has been featured on the covers of many guitar and jazz-orientated magazines worldwide, while having been cited as an influence by many notable guitarists including Synyster Gates,[9]Dweezil Zappa,[10]Greg Howe,[11] and Pat Metheny.[12] In a 1991 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist Jerry Garcia stated that Gambale was one of his favorite players at the time, stating, 'My personal favorite lately is this guy Frank Gambale, who's been playing with Chick Corea for the past couple of years.'[13]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 1986 Brave New Guitar (Legato)
  • 1987 A Present for the Future (Legato)
  • 1989 Live! (Legato)
  • 1990 Thunder from Down Under (JVC)
  • 1991 Note Worker (JVC)
  • 1993 The Great Explorers (JVC)
  • 1994 Passages (JVC)
  • 1995 Thinking Out Loud (JVC)
  • 2000 Coming to Your Senses (Favored Nations)
  • 2000 The Light Beyond with Stuart Hamm, Steve Smith (Tone Center)
  • 2004 Raison D'être (ESC)
  • 2004 Resident Alien - Live Bootlegs (Wombat)
  • 2004 Resident Alien - Live Bootlegs Disc Two (Wombat)
  • 2006 Natural High (Wombat)
  • 2010 Natural Selection (Wombat)

Frank Gambale Book 1

As co-leader/band member[edit]

With Maurizio Colonna

  • 2000 Imagery Suite (also known as Playgame)
  • 2005 Live
  • 2007 Bon Voyage

With Chick Corea Elektric Band

  • 1987 Light Years
  • 1988 Eye of the Beholder
  • 1990 Inside Out
  • 1991 Beneath the Mask
  • 1996 The Songs of West Side Story
  • 2004 To the Stars
  • 2004 Chick Corea Elektric Band – Live at Montreux (DVD)

With GHS

  • 1998 Show Me What You Can Do
  • 2000 The Light Beyond
  • 2002 GHS 3

Frank Gambale Book

With GRP Super Live

  • 1988 GRP Super Live – in Concert

With the Mark Varney Project

  • 1990 Truth in Shredding (with Allan Holdsworth)
  • 1991 Centrifugal Funk (with Brett Garsed and Shawn Lane)

With Vital Information

  • 1988 Fiafiaga
  • 1991 Vital Live
  • 1992 Easier Done Than Said
  • 1996 Ray of Hope
  • 1998 Where We Come From
  • 2000 Live Around the World
  • 2000 Live from Mars
  • 2002 Show 'em Where You Live
  • 2004 Come on In
  • 2012 Live! One Great Night

Instructional videos[edit]

  • 1988: Monster Licks & Speed Picking
  • 1991: Modes: No More Mystery
  • 1993: Chopbuilder: The Ultimate Guitar Workout
  • 2003: Concert with Class
  • 2007: Acoustic Improvisation

Instructional books[edit]

Book

Frank Gambale Tour

  • 1994: The Frank Gambale Technique Book I
  • 1994: The Frank Gambale Technique Book II
  • 1997: Improvisation Made Easier
  • 1997: The Best of Frank Gambale

References[edit]

  1. ^'Biography'. frankgambale.com. Retrieved 2012-01-23.
  2. ^Gilbert, Mark (2002). 'Gambale, Frank'. In Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. pp. 8–9. ISBN1561592846.
  3. ^ abHallebeek, Richard (20 October 2001). 'Richard Hallebeek'. Richard Hallebeek. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  4. ^Monk, Laurie. 'Mark Varney: Legato interview with Laurie Monk'. Truth in Shredding. pp. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  5. ^ abYanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 79. ISBN978-1-61713-023-6.
  6. ^'Guitar Department'. isina.com.
  7. ^'Frank Gambale Online Guitar School'. frankgambaleonlineguitarschool.com.
  8. ^Fox, Darrin (1 April 2010). 'Frank Gambale'. Guitar Player. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  9. ^ Michael Molenda (23 August 2006). 'Avenged Sevenfold's Zacky Vengeance & Synyster Gates'. GuitarPlayer. Retrieved 17 August 2014.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^'Frank Gambale,Dweezil Zappa: Dweezil explains how Gambale advanced his technique | The Cheap Electric Guitar Blog'. Cheapelectricguitar.wordpress.com. 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  11. ^'Greg Howe Interview – Fusion Maestro | All Out Guitar | Magazine Archive'. All Out Guitar. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  12. ^'Famous Quotes about Frank Gambale'. frankgambale.com.
  13. ^Henke, James (31 October 1991). 'Jerry Garcia: The Rolling Stone Interview'. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 June 2016.

External links[edit]

Retrieved from 'https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Frank_Gambale&oldid=950806797'