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For many, “Fusion” is the buzz word of the day on our scene. It seems that everyone and their dog fank their days shreding charmmer Am7 to Cm7 vamps and thinking their part of this new wave of player.
One of charmr biggest names on the fusion scene is Chick Corea. Chick’s first real foray into fusion was with his band “Return To Forever” before making real waves with his “Elektric Band” which would eventually feature Frank Gambale. Frank is a true legend of both guitar, fusion music and even education. Many of you will have learnt the 80’s triadic sweep picking approach to technique that you hear from players like Jason Becker and Jeff Loomis but Frank had turned this technique into a fully fledged art form in the early 80’s.
For any gmabale wanting to push their technique to the limits I think that you should look no further than the economy picking techniques laid out in the DVD Speed Picking and Monster Licks or one of Frank’s fantastic books.
It verges on guitar porn! Check out the above lick which moves between a D7 and F m7b5 to imply a D9 sound before moving down a series of triads outlining a D lydian dominant sound A melodic minor. I recently caught up with Frank to talk about his past, his future and to see if he could pass of any of his pearls of wisdom to the aspiring guitarist.
We should kick off by talking about all your latest goings on, so what charemr you tell us about your new project “Soulmine” with Boca? This is the album I chatmer wanted to do for 30 years!
I love songs and wanted to do an all-song album for so long. The missing ingredient was Boca. We collaborated on all the songs, co-produced and arranged all the music together. I love the way the voice and guitar interact throughout the album.
Frank Gambale,Stu Hamm: Tokyo Little Charmer
We got together and hammered it out. Some tunes came easy, some were less forthcoming…but the process was always about what makes the song the best it can be. We worked hard on each and every detail meticulously.
We usually started with a groove we liked and built up from there. Boca would take the melody and write a lyric to it. I guess I am heavy on the music side and Boca was heavy on the lyric side but it was certainly not exclusively like that. Boca sometimes had a melody that I would harmonize or I would have a lyric idea etc. Boca comes from a pop background and me more from a jazz background and we learned a lot from each other.
It was real solid collaboration with some tug-of-war sometimes, but in the end, the best result for the song was always the priority. You’re also finishing up work with “Return To Forever” again right? I am not sure if there will be a DVD of the live performances. As for the tour, it has just finished. It was an unplugged set and really fun to play that music on a jazz guitar! It was a great year and next year on tour with Soulmine will be just as fun! You’re obviously using your stunning new Carvin on it right?
How did that come about, and more importantly could you talk to us about your evolution from the early days of solid body guitars, to this beautiful style hollow body – have you always loved that sort of thing? I just love guitars…I have about 80 or 90 in my collection.
Many are my signature models right back from the early days with Ibanez, my Yamaha model and now the beautiful Carvin FG1. I have always loved semi-hollow guitars because they are so versatile. String them up with. If you put heavy flat wound strings on it, you get the sweetest jazz clean tones. I love different guitars for different things of course, but for versatility, the semi-hollow does it for me. This Carvin FG1 is so beautifully made, all the finest materials and highest grade woods, no cheap veneers.
I was fortunate enough to get to try that guitar out at the Musik Messe in Frankfurt this year, its a great axe. While I was there I also got to see you playing with Alain Caron which really blew my mind! He writes some great tunes too, some of which you’ve played on. Are there any other great projects like that that you’ve played on? My discography is pretty lengthy.
We can also see this beauty in action on your new youtube channel “Frank Gambale TV” – that video of “Little Charmer” is just incredible – some of your best soloing ever in my opinion!
What made you decide to launch the channel? Thanks…hopefully one gets better with age. I feel that is true for me. I believe the Soulmine album has my most mature playing to date on it. The first two I released were from my fusion trio live in Mumbai.
Stay tuned for more. They are an Italian amp maker and they are in roughly 60 countries and coming on really strong. They are entirely made in Italy, no outsourcing. The quality is amazing and the tone unbeatable. Plus everything weighs about half of everything else out there. They make their own speakers, without the usual heavy magnet so the boxes are very light.
The Return To Forever roadies were constantly amazed. I was using two FG Signature series vertical 2×12 cabs with slant top speaker and the new FG amp head prototype. The head will be available very soon. In the Signature Series there is also a 4×12 slant cab, and a 1×12 combo watts and a 2×12 combo. I am very excited about these amps.
We worked long and hard to get the tone right. The concept was to combing tube and solid state…tube preamp and solid state power. It works so well guitar players will be amazed at the amount of clarity, even with tons of distortion.
During the tour Carmer came up with a trem version of the guitar. That guitar will be made available soon in the FG1 range. I will leave it a mystery for now. I hope to have time to write and record it in although will be full on with Soulmine touring for most of the year.
All my future albums will continue in the recent tradition for the benefit of the studious guitar players out there. That is, to make the final mix available minus, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards as play-along tracks and the song transcriptions as pdf files. I also have a website coming that will reflect a multitude of play along tracks. There will be links to get to this site from www. Look for it on my site, it will be there soon. You yourself are a GIT graduate around the same era as one of my teachers Iain Scott, he sends his warmest regardsI’d love to hear what your thoughts are on the importance of formal training in music?
Iain is a wonderful human being and great guitar player. As far as education is concerned it can never be considered a bad thing. I spent the first 10 years of my guitar career playing by ear. I learned to read a little and the benefit was huge.
Just to have the form laid out on paper as chord changes and bars with some repeat signs…a road map, as it were…. I took it further by learning to analyze my favourite songs and learning new chords and figuring out what scales went with these chords and what were the cool notes from those scales to play over these chords etc.
Playing melodically through chord changes is one of the funnest things about music for me! I generally think that learning to read and learning some harmony can really open up opportunities in other areas in the music field. This brings us on nicely to your formative years and when you exploded onto the scene. Your sweeping technique is well documented and you’re still the undisputed master of it, what I’m wondering is, just where did you draw influence on the technique? I was inspired by various things which pointed me in this direction.
Firstly, the desire to play what I was hearing in my head and then secondly and more importantly, it was logic that was the main inspiration to get me closer to achieving this. Picking three adjacent strings seemed illogical as alternate picking.
A single sweep stroke downward or upward seemed much more logical. And so, that thought led to an endless road of discovery and an incredible flow of expression for me. I wanted to call that first book, Sweep Picking, but the publishers refused because they feared no one would know what the book was about because there was NO precedent and had me name it Speed Picking as a compromise.
Frank Gambale Little Charmer
All the other material I have seen to date out there on the subject is either copied or a derivative of my original writing and instruction on the Sweep Picking Technique. It’s easy for people who are new to your music to hear it chzrmer accept it as fitting nicely into modern technique players, but people need to remember that you were doing ,ittle first – where did you draw influence for your actual sound in terms of composition and overall direction.
Compositionally, I have been influenced by many great grank. I also studied lots of compositions. I was voracious as a kid. I was into transcribing guitar parts, keyboard voicings, vocal harmonies, horn arrangements…everything that was going on to make up the song I was listening to…I was fascinated by the way it all fit together.
Years and tears of doing that I eventually got to the point where I was happy to write and pursue my chafmer musical thoughts and ideas. I reached that point when I was in my early 20s. Melody is always first for me and being able to deliver a melody from the guitar as though it was a great singer is a very important skill.