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The Frank Gambale Technique, Bk 1: The Essential Soloing Theory Course for All Guitarists, Book and CD Paperback – Dec 1 1993


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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co; Pap/Com edition (Dec 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0769248055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0769248059
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 22.2 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By campbellstuff on Feb. 24 2004
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for anyone who is serious about learning to play guitar. Although, I bought this book for $40 not $100+ as listed here. Gambale breaks everything down into chord types. Minor 7, major 7, unaltered dominant 7, altered dominant 7, minor 7 (b5), diminished. He attacks each chord type with several soloing approaches. He lists and gives examples of appropriate modes, arpeggios, pentatonics that can be used over that specific chord type. For example. When discussing a minor 7 chord he says there are two ways to look at it. You can look at it as a II chord or a VI chord. Say you are playing a dmin7. Dmin 7 is the II of C and the VI of F. So in this case you can use D Dorian or Aeolian. He also says that if you treat Dmin7 as the second of C you can use. Dmin, Emin, Amin blues/pentatonic scales over the Dmin7. Since the minor chords are II, III, and VI in any major scale. You can also approach soloing using arpeggios from cmaj over the Dmin and you can play these in fourths to get a more interesting sound, rather than just running up or down arpeggios. He has gone through all of that by page 8 and there is about 80 pages in the book. So basically, there is a huge wealth of knowlege in this book and it is an excellent way for a guitarist to get away from moving to the trusty pentatonic scales as soon as its time to solo. This book also comes with a Cd containing samples of each excercise as well as a couple short songs that Gambale has put together. Im not a big fan of the effects he uses while playing the excercises, but it doesn't really take anything away from the learning experience. If you can get a chance to get a hold of this book you should give it a chance, but know that it will take some serious time and experimentation to make these theoretical ideas come out of your guitar as music. They cant really be charging $107 for this, can they? Keep your eyes open and you should be able to find this book for around $40.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A million ideas to improve your soloing Feb. 24 2004
By campbellstuff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for anyone who is serious about learning to play guitar. Although, I bought this book for $40 not $100+ as listed here. Gambale breaks everything down into chord types. Minor 7, major 7, unaltered dominant 7, altered dominant 7, minor 7 (b5), diminished. He attacks each chord type with several soloing approaches. He lists and gives examples of appropriate modes, arpeggios, pentatonics that can be used over that specific chord type. For example. When discussing a minor 7 chord he says there are two ways to look at it. You can look at it as a II chord or a VI chord. Say you are playing a dmin7. Dmin 7 is the II of C and the VI of F. So in this case you can use D Dorian or Aeolian. He also says that if you treat Dmin7 as the second of C you can use. Dmin, Emin, Amin blues/pentatonic scales over the Dmin7. Since the minor chords are II, III, and VI in any major scale. You can also approach soloing using arpeggios from cmaj over the Dmin and you can play these in fourths to get a more interesting sound, rather than just running up or down arpeggios. He has gone through all of that by page 8 and there is about 80 pages in the book. So basically, there is a huge wealth of knowlege in this book and it is an excellent way for a guitarist to get away from moving to the trusty pentatonic scales as soon as its time to solo. This book also comes with a Cd containing samples of each excercise as well as a couple short songs that Gambale has put together. Im not a big fan of the effects he uses while playing the excercises, but it doesn't really take anything away from the learning experience. If you can get a chance to get a hold of this book you should give it a chance, but know that it will take some serious time and experimentation to make these theoretical ideas come out of your guitar as music. They cant really be charging $107 for this, can they? Keep your eyes open and you should be able to find this book for around $40.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An Exposition of Improvisational Elements - Book I & II Aug. 5 2006
By Al - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Both Frank Gambale Technique Book I & II are essentially studies of five different improvisational approaches to tackle a particular chord type, namely: scale, pentatonics, arpeggios, triads, intervals. As such, Frank presents a wide range of harmonic possibilities on improvisation, based upon which the intelligent student can construct meaningful solos when these music elements are internalized.

Note that in those two books there is a large amount of materials to digest, however a solid understanding of these materials is fundamental to jazz improvisation. The aspiring guitarist is urged to seek ways, from other sources, to build lines once these improvisational elements are digested. Recommended for a core course of improvisation.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is golden March 27 2006
By Douglas J. Cameron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The earlier reviewer pretty much covers what the material is about, I just want to add that its just a power packed book. Its not about riffs or scales or modes - its about entire frameworks you can use for improvisation. The material is dense, it is NOT for beginners, but if you know a little about guitar and theory, this thing is incredibly valuable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Learn to imprvise from one of the best! July 25 2013
By joseph Rotella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Never a let down, I have other lesson products from Frank Gambale and this is right up there at the top. Very concise well mapped out and easy to digest. It contains a CD, explaining each lesson in detail and has standard notation as well as tab for the non reading guitarist, as well as picking direction that he uses. The selling point for this was the area where he makes use of triads for improvisation, all in all it is a winner! If anyone is unfamiliar with this mans outrageous command of the guitar and his fluent runs with monster speed and proficiency, go you tube him and you too will want to get your hands on this material...
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good but requires a grasp of music theory. Dec 15 2013
By Robert M Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Awesome. But not for the beginner. A solid grasp on music theory is required or the book will be useless for you.


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