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Tosin Abasi

8 String Guitar

Tosin explains some of the intricacies of the 8 string guitar such as his personal setup and approach to playing.

Taught by Tosin Abasi in Tosin Abasi Artist Series seriesLength: 7:49Difficulty: 1.0 of 5

Chord Charts for 7 and 8 String Guitars

Note:
The first chord diagram listed for each chord voicing shows the fret numbers as well as the corresponding note names. The proper left hand fingering for each chord is included in the second diagram under each chord. Both chord charts are written out just like a tablature staff. In other words, the eighth string is listed at the bottom of the chart. All voicings are for an 8 string guitar tuned E, B, E, A, D, G, B, E from low to high.

A

_5_A
_5_E
_6_C#
_7_A
_7_E
_5_A
_x_
_x_

_1_
_1_
_2_
_4_
_3_
_1_
_x_
_x_

A/E

_5_A
_5_E
_6_C#
_7_A
_7_E
_5_A
_5_E
_x_

_1_
_1_
_2_
_4_
_3_
_1_
_1_
_x_

A

_5_A
_5_E
_6_C#
_7_A
_7_E
_5_A
_5_E
_5_A

_1_
_1_
_2_
_4_
_3_
_1_
_1_
_1_

Em9

_0_E
_3_D
_0_G
_4_F#
_2_B
_0_E
_0_B
_0_E

_0_
_2_
_0_
_3_
_2_
_0_
_0_
_0_

Em9

_0_E
_12_B
_11_F#
_12_D
_10_G
_0_E
_0_B
_0_E

_0_
_4_
_2_
_3_
_1_
_0_
_0_
_0_

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irimboirimbo replied on September 28th, 2013

How much would that whole equipment cost? I do really consider change my six string after this video

tautologicotautologico replied on April 22nd, 2013

Scene 2 is not playing for me, I get the message "video not found"

tautologicotautologico replied on April 22nd, 2013

Just to add: it doesn't play in High quality, but medium is playing ok.

bijanbwbbijanbwb replied on February 1st, 2010

I must have said "that's what she said" eight times in regards to the guitar size.

adris8adris8 replied on January 31st, 2010

Awesome guitar Tosin! Like your style :P

jpfanboyjpfanboy replied on January 28th, 2010

Sweet guitar! Is it the same as the guys in meshuggah use?

mkennison83mkennison83 replied on March 6th, 2013

Meshuggah now have a signature Ibanez, the custom M8M with Lundgren pickups.

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on January 28th, 2010

I don't know if Mushugga spacifically uses Ibanez, but they do use 8 string guitars. Mushugga use the instrument more for it's incredibly lowend where Tosin tends to use the entire range of the guitar to create wide spaced intervals.

VinnyBVinnyB replied on January 29th, 2010

Meshuggah* Mr. Mounce and yes Meshuggah is endorsed by Ibanez. They are the reason Ibanez has that particular guitar in production. Good to see someone go crazy with its possibilities as well.

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on January 27th, 2010

That is very cool

sominussominus replied on January 27th, 2010

In many ways this instrument is like a Chapman NS Stick.

Tosin Abasi Artist Series

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Lead guitarist for Animals As Leaders, Tosin Abasi brings his knowledge of extended range guitars to JamPlay.



Lesson 1

Interview with Tosin Abasi

As an introduction to JamPlay, Tosin Abasi provides an interview outlining his playing style, influences and musical background.

Length: 14:46 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

8 String Guitar

Tosin explains some of the intricacies of the 8 string guitar such as his personal setup and approach to playing.

Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Hybrid Picking Techniques

Tosin Abasi demonstrates how he uses hybrid picking styles in the song "On Impulse."

Length: 9:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Theory Ideas

Tosin discusses harmonic and music theory ideas as they relate to the Animals As Leaders song "On Impulse."

Length: 8:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Economy Picking

Tosin discusses and demonstrates economy picking technique.

Length: 14:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Economy Picking and Note Grouping

Tosin explains how he achieved some of the sounds in his song "On Impulse."

Length: 8:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Thumping

Tosin Abasi explains how bass style thumping and slap techniques can be performed on an 8 string guitar.

Length: 15:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Advanced Economy Picking Technique

Tosin Abasi expands further on economy picking.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

8 String Jazz Voicings

Tosin Abasi covers jazz voicings for the eight string guitar.

Length: 8:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

8 String Chord Voicings

Tosin discusses how he voices chords on the eight string guitar.

Length: 9:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Emulating Bass

Tosin Abasi discusses how bass techniques can be emulated on guitars with extended ranges as well as standard 6 string guitars.

Length: 6:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Two Handed Tapping

Tosin Abasi takes a look at a two handed tapping technique that emulates a piano-like feel.

Length: 31:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Muted Tapping

Tosin Abasi discusses a muted tapping techniques he utilizes in his playing.

Length: 5:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Polymetrics

In his 14th lesson, Tosin discusses riffing in compound meter over a straight back-beat.

Length: 12:30 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Full Range Economy Picking Licks

In this lesson, Tosin demonstrates a few of his favorite licks that utilize the full range of the eight string guitar as well as the economy picking technique.

Length: 23:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Electric Fingerstyle

Tosin Abasi discusses how fingerstyle can be adapted for use on an electric guitar. Additionally, he takes a look at some advanced one string tremolo techniques that can mimic non-percussive bass thumping.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Songwriting Approach

In his 17th lesson, Tosin discusses how he goes about composing for guitar.

Length: 5:59 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Organizing Scales

In lesson 18, Tosin discusses how to organize scale patterns on the neck of the guitar using the CAGED system.

Length: 24:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Alternate Picking Exercises

In this lesson, Tosin demonstrates several alternate picking exercises aimed at improving dexterity, speed, and accuracy.

Length: 6:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Tosin Abasi View Full Biography Hi. My name is Tosin Abasi. I'm the lead guitarist for Animals as Leaders. I've been playing the guitar for 15 years, and touring professionally on and off for about 6.

A majority of that time has been spent playing extended range guitar (7 and 8 strings) . I'm primarily self taught but I studied jazz and classical guitar briefly at the Atlanta Institute of Music.

The extended range guitar can offer a lot of possibilities for composition. Unfortunately, the resources available to 6 string guitarist don't exist in the same prominence for the seven guitar (especially not the 8 string guitar). Through my compositions I hope to break down my approach to utilizing the 7 and 8 string guitar in both lead and rhythm work. We'll also examine multiple techniques such as Hybrid picking, Sweeping, Tapping and Slapping.

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