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Playing Arpeggios in the Style of Frank Gambale

Instructors: Mike Salow Total lessons in study:
Frank Gambale is one of the smoothest players out there, and in this study Mike gives us insight as to how Gambale approaches his blistering arpeggio lines.

1. Frank Gambale Arpeggios

1. Frank Gambale Sweep Idea: Intro
Cool Riffs
Any Style
Advanced
So I decided to take a break from 'Licking Up the Modes' this time around. I apologize if you were looking forward to Phrygian, but I promise we'll pick up where we left off in the next tutorial.  I thought it'd be fun to talk about this Frank Gambale Sweep Idea. Frank Gambale has been a huge influence on my playing ...Read More
2. Frank Gambale Sweep Idea: Arpeggio Shapes
Scales
Any Style
Intermediate
Again the arpeggios we'll be using are: Cmaj 7 - Dm7 - Em7 - Fmaj7 - G7 - Am7 - Bm7b5. Not only is this sweep idea cool and useful but these arpeggio shapes are extremely useful! They sit under the fingers very well. I play at least one of them every single time I play guitar. The reason they work so well is because of t...Read More
3. Frank Gambale Sweep Idea: Major 7 Arpeggios
Cool Riffs
Any Style
Advanced
Alright, so here is the sweep 'idea' applied to our two major 7 arpeggios diatonic to the key of C major; Cmaj7 and Fmaj7. Note that these shapes are exactly the same, just played at different parts of the fretboard. Basically, this lick is an eight note followed by a 16th note triplet. As you can see in the tablature, w...Read More
4. Frank Gambale Sweep Idea: Minor 7 Arpeggios
Cool Riffs
Any Style
Advanced
This is the exact same thing, just applied to our three minor 7 arpeggios this time. Dm7 - Em7 - Am7. No barring this time, but we'll have to use all four fingers on our left hand. Again, all three shapes are exactly the same but just at different parts of the fretboard.Read More
5. Frank Gambale Sweep Idea: dom7 and min7b5 Arps
Cool Riffs
Any Style
Advanced
Alright instead of doing separate videos for the last two, I decided to put them together, since there is only one of each. So again, the same thing as before. There will be some barring in the G7 arpeggio but none in the Bm7b5.Read More
6. Frank Gambale Sweep Idea: Outro/Arpeggio Exercise
Exercises
Any Style
Advanced
Alright guys, I hope you find this useful!  Here's an exercise that will really help you to start utilizing this sweep idea. All we're doing is playing through each arpeggio in order. Don't be afraid to mix it up by jumping around each shape instead of playing them in order. Thanks guys!Read More
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7. Frank Gambale Sweep Idea: Backing Track
Improvising
Fusion
Intermediate
Like I said earlier, this backing track is the same one for 'Licking Up the Modes: Ionian'. It works perfect for our Frank Gambale lick, seeing that all the arpeggios are diatonic to the key of C Major. Have fun!Read More

2. Frank Gambale Arpeggios Part II

8. Frank Gambale 7th Chord Arps Round 2: Intro
Scales
Fusion
Advanced
Hello again! In this tutorial we'll be learning another Frank Gambale sweep. A few months back I covered a sweep idea in the style of Frank and this month we'll be talking about an arpeggio shape that you may have seen him use before. Like always we will be playing each shape diatonically and in this case we will be in t...Read More
9. Frank Gambale 7th Chord Arps Round 2: Amaj7
Scales
Fusion
Advanced
Our first arpeggio is of course A major 7! As mentioned earlier pay close attention to the time to get the right hand picking down correctly. Also, pay close attention to the fingering on the left hand. It stays pretty consistent up until the last arpeggio. Any of these arpeggios are great economy/sweeping exercises.Read More
10. Frank Gambale 7th Chord Arps Round 2: Bmin7 & C#min7
Scales
Fusion
Advanced
Our 2nd and 3rd arpeggios happen to be the exact same shape. As mentioned in the video make sure, when barring, to 'role' your finger over each note to avoid notes bleeding into each other.Read More
11. Frank Gambale 7th Chord Arps Round 2: Dmaj7 & E7
Scales
Fusion
Advanced
Onto our 4th and 5th arpeggio! The D major will be the exact same fingering as our first A major arp so nothing too new there. Our E7 arpeggio will be a new shape.  Make sure that you still use the same left hand fingering as the major 7 arpeggios. Specifically using only your 1st and 4th finger on the D string. Ma...Read More
12. Frank Gambale 7th Chord Arps Round 2: F#min7 & G#min7b5
Scales
Fusion
Advanced
The final 2 arpeggios! The F#minor7 is nothing new shape wise, so no explanation needed there. The G#minor7b5 arpeggio will use a different fingering in the left hand. Every other arpeggio we have started with our third finger but in this case it is best to use your 4th finger to start. Besides that, the rest of the arp...Read More

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