Frank Gambale

Frank Gambale

Australian guitarist
Date of Birth: 22.12.1958
Country: Australia

  1. Biography of Frank Gambale
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Music Education and Early Career
  4. Collaboration with Chick Corea and Solo Career
  5. Teaching and Other Projects
  6. Current Endeavors

Biography of Frank Gambale

Early Life and Education

Frank Gambale, an Australian guitarist, began playing the guitar at the age of seven in Canberra, Australia, where he was born and raised. He was influenced by blues guitarists such as Jimmy Hendrix, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. In his teenage years, he discovered artists like Steely Dan, The Brecker Brothers, and Chick Corea, who directed him towards jazz.

Music Education and Early Career

In 1982, at the age of 23, Gambale made the decision to leave home and pursue an education at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Hollywood. He graduated from the institute as Student of the Year and was offered a teaching position, which he held for the next four years. During this time, he performed in local jazz clubs with his own band and published his first book, "Speed Picking". In 1986, he signed a contract with the small record label Legato, kickstarting his career in the recording industry.

Collaboration with Chick Corea and Solo Career

In the same year, Gambale was invited by Jean-Luc Ponty to join a tour. Shortly after, he auditioned for Chick Corea and began a six-year period of collaboration, resulting in Grammy awards and the recording of five albums. Gambale credits Chick Corea for opening up a new world of music for him. In 1992, Gambale decided to pursue a solo career and has since performed with his own band in various countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and the USA.

Teaching and Other Projects

In 1996, Gambale was offered the position of head of the guitar department at the Los Angeles Music Academy, where he created the main curriculum for the one-year school. He continues to teach at the academy and supports the guitar department by personally selecting instructors. Gambale also established his own record label, Wombat Records, on which he re-released his recordings from Legato and prepares for future releases. He signed a contract with Steve Vai's record label, Favored Nations, for two albums, with the first one, "Coming To Your Senses", recently being released. Gambale has also collaborated with the group Vital Information and recorded albums with bassist Stu Hamm and drummer Steve Smith.

Current Endeavors

Recently, Gambale left Ibanez and made a deal with Yamaha Guitars to release a new model of the Frank Gambale guitar. He is constantly busy recording new albums and videos, writing books, touring, assisting in the development of Yamaha's new guitar model, and conducting seminars around the world. Gambale expresses his love for his work and feels incredibly fortunate to be able to do what he loves.