Frank Gambale – Modes: No More Mystery
Nov 21 2014
Frank presents a clear and easy-to-understand guide to using modes in soloing. Frank takes a subject that guitarists often find confusing and explains it in simple terms. He covers all seven major modes and demonstrates the use of each in the context of some extraordinary solo work. Intermediate to advanced. DVD special features include a tuning segment and a bonus video performance (Allan Holdsworth, Joe Pass).
Jazz and blues guitar master Frank Gambale shows you how to play scales and leads in many different modes. In depth, he covers how to construct modal chord progressions, mode formulas and how to practice them in a modern popular context.
Frank does a great job of thoroughly explaining the significance of the modes of the major scale (dispels some common mistakes while he’s at it) and teaches the basics of modal progressions (much easier than it sounds). Of course, the solos he plays in the examples are both mind boggling and inspiring.
Although the liner notes say it’s for intermediate and advanced players, even beginners knowledgable of basic theory will understand with just a few viewings.
It comes with a small pamphlet mapping all the notes of each major scale mode on the fretboard (don’t worry if you loose it considering they’re just the standard mode charts you can find/print free from just about any guitar theory website).
Plus, you get bonus video performance footage of Allan Holdsworth, footage of Joe Pass, a preview of Frank’s “Concert With Class” DVD, etc… The video is very professionally edited.
Modal harmony is a very mysterious thing for most guitar players. If you are one of them this dvd will clear all your doubts, no doubt about it. Frank is a fantastic teacher and he treats this argument here in the best way. With clarity and precision. He leaves non space for any doubt. Absolutely. You really can’t do nothing but learn modes. It’s that strong and easy. Simply if you want modes not to cause you problems again watch this video. The first time you’ll be shocked and amazed by the amount of informations and stimulus you can get from Frank modal explanation. Seven worlds will be finally open for you, and music will never be the same for you.
Well if you want to know about modes and how to play them on the guitar; here it is. 92% of watchers thought this was a 5 (me included), what else can you say. The songs played some years ago sound a bit dated now, but all the material is spot on and you should understand everything much better when you’ve seen this. If you want more on scales and how to play mode there’s a very good DVD by Jimmy Bruno on the subject called “No Nonsense Jazz Guitar” that will also help you nail all the scales pattern and the modes within. This jazz approach by Bruno will give you some real insights to what Alan Holdsworth, Satriani, Vai and Gamable are doing with their fusion playing.
Running time: 1 hour
Video: MPEG2 PAL 4:3 (720×576) VBR
Audio: English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Booklet: Yes (PDF)
Size: 4.6 Gb