Playing Rating: Advanced

Example 1

This example is a good one for combining economy and sweep picking, a technique often employed by Gambale. At first, the combination of one, two, and three note per string played at this speed is tricky, especially when you get to the sextuplets but in adherence to the economy of means it makes sense. At the end of bar 4 a C# is added to the pentatonic scale which is the natural 9 of B minor, and on the 4th beat of bar 5 there is a chromatic run from the 9th to the 11th and back down again this is interpretive of Gambale’s style where scales are embellished with chromatics.

Example 1

Example 2

This one is a classic Gambale lick; it is often heard in his solos and has a great tension building effect. All the notes are derived from the A and B minor pentatonic scale respectively, with the exception of the C#’s (9th of B) and B’s(9th of A). The lick builds on the idea of using the fourth interval almost exclusively with various note permutations corresponding with the pentatonic scale, sometimes Gambale will use this basic note grouping and move the shape up the neck of the guitar chromatically. The bar of 8/4 is used because the 6th group of triplets would cross the bar if written in 4/4 time and might be confusing to read, essentially we are still in 4/4.

Example 2

Example 3

When playing the sweeps in bar 1 and the first 2 beats of bar 2, rest your first finger on the seventh fret barre fashion and use the third and fourth fingers to play other notes. The chromatic notes on the 3rd and 4th beats of bar 2 effectively lead to the 9th (B) of A where the A minor pentatonic is played with emphasis on the 9th.

Example 3