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Frank Gambale


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Grammy winning guitar virtuoso, Frank Gambale, exploded on the L.A. scene in the early ‘80’s. His meteoric rise to fame is a testament to his passion powered playing – a style “Rolling Stone Magazine” calls “ferocious”!

Gambale is the undisputed genius who originated the sweep picking technique and elevated it to a precise art form now standard in the guitar lexicon. The “Gambale Sweep Picking Technique” continues to inspire generations of musicians. Jazz, rock, metal and progressive artists alike are united in their awe of Frank as both an amazing technician and an unsurpassed musician.

As jazz legend Chick Corea, describes Frank: “Everything you touch with your guitar turns gold – always has.” While John McLaughlin’s tongue-in-cheek response to his finesse is “I’d like to cut his hands off.”

A musician’s musician, gifted composer, brilliant innovator and author of numerous instructional books and DVDs, Frank continues to reach unprecedented sonic and technical heights. His six string prowess and seemingly limitless vision point towards an exciting future of ground breaking music.

Early Years

Frank Gambale was born into a family of talented musicians in his native Canberra, Australia. He quickly absorbed the pantheon of ‘60’s and ‘70’s rock guitar greats.

As a teen, Frank’s musical horizons expanded with the influence of jazz and vocal based music under the generous tutelage of a local import record shop owner. This led to nearly two full years of concentration on piano before digging back into guitar with renewed zeal.

In these formative years, Frank’s musical foundations became firmly rooted in three concepts:


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  • sl8221958

    Frank Gambale exploded like a rising meteor and his Passion is in the Testament. Adjectives and metaphors fail in describing Frank, his music or his career but somebody said we're gonna have to try (see bio above).

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rick-roll

    great tone

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • v_nick

    Very nice.

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • headgear56

    He's jazz fusion god along with Holdsworth.

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • JazzCaravan

    Excellent! Great crescendo!

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • drbrutality

    Has left me speechless Great Guitarist!

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • guiToT

    "White folks always think that you have to have a label on everything — you know what I mean?" - Miles Davis =)))

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mudkipzftw

    Found out about this guy through listening to Holdsworth, pretty cool stuff. What'd be a good album to start listening to Gambale?

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Megacorpse

    Saw him live last tonight! Fucking great!

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Diestros

    Inquieto. Excita. Acabo de descubrirlo... hombre de suerte!!!!

    27 Sep 2010 Reply
  • marrazzomm

    Uncle Fester sure can play that guitar, boy! Who knew? ( see )

    13 Jun 2010 Reply
  • bushyguitar

    Those old instructional videos are gold. You most likely fail at playing, Hector.

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • fonoiado

    it doens't matter if is jazz or not.

    16 May 2010 Reply
  • MartijnP

    Since most of his vids are on advanced sweeping techniques they're not recommended to 'learn to play' but rather to improve skill, so I completely understand why you think they suck.

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • deleted-users

    He is a great guitar player, but why keep on pretending it´s jazz? It´s instrumental pop for christs sake!

    16 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Colton165

    im learning "The Jaguar" on guitar now!

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • IldeTheTerror

    He sure beats up Vai's and Satriani's ass!!!

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • shlshred

    I saw him live in a guitar clinic, he's awesome and really funny. obviously a guitar god

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Kerestedjian

    Go for true-blu, Superchamp! Best wishes to Marcus Hinder :o) Spot ya in Hamburg one of these days.

    6 Feb 2009 Reply
  • lucasirianni

    Great maestro!...greetings from London.

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
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