Interview with Tosin Abasi (Guitar Lesson)


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Tosin Abasi

Interview with Tosin Abasi

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

Taught by Tosin Abasi in Tosin Abasi Artist Series seriesLength: 14:46Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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tylermm12tylermm12 replied on May 23rd, 2014

That very first lick is what becomes the beginning of "Another Year" off of AAL's new album

jawajawa replied on December 22nd, 2012

hwy the hell is there no supplement content? where are the tabs??

ironmaidenfreakoironmaidenfreako replied on September 14th, 2012

Does anybody know what kind of strings he's using? I want to see if I can get my 8th string to sound a little tighter.

breetbreet replied on February 19th, 2013

i think they use DR strings go to the website www.drstrings.com go to products and electric then it should be there for the 8 string guitars

RockythewockyRockythewocky replied on November 11th, 2011

You're my guitar idol man :) respect.

shadowsurfershadowsurfer replied on June 8th, 2012

I know isn't he?

tonyabasitonyabasi replied on June 9th, 2010

Tosin! man you are the re-evolution of music, man! I love your idea of no borders by genre. That's what makes your music so mindblowing. Considering I don't smoke pot or do any other drugs, your music is how I get high!

alecalec replied on November 8th, 2010

okay...

kamihamsterkamihamster replied on February 5th, 2010

After seeing this I took a look at Animals as Leaders it quickly became one of my favorite albums of all time. Looking forward to future albums!

gotatelegotatele replied on January 28th, 2010

when is the first bluegrass lesson with you sir

SylviaSylvia replied on January 26th, 2010

Welcome Tosin! Gosh, I have questions already... when is your first Live Q&A?

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on January 26th, 2010

There aren't any scheduled yet Sylvia. Tosin will be on tour with Animals As Leaders very soon for a number of months.

SylviaSylvia replied on January 27th, 2010

Drat! by then I'll get gone. :( Oh well, at least I can watch the lessons for a while as they come up.

jpfanboyjpfanboy replied on January 27th, 2010

Welcome! Your band is so awsome !!! Love your style! :)

mattbrownmattbrown replied on January 27th, 2010

Welcome Tosin! Can't wait for more lessons!

ry_naylorry_naylor replied on January 27th, 2010

I didn't get much of a metal vibe from the guy's appearance and what he was playing. Then I downloaded his album and...OH MY GOSH...he can play and then some! Can't wait to see what he has to offer.

jboothjbooth replied on January 27th, 2010

His album is SOOOO freakin good!

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied on January 27th, 2010

Welcome Tosin, Great to have you as an instructor. Can't wait to see your lessons.

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on January 26th, 2010

holy crap. I stumbled across this guy a few months ago online but forgot his name, and now he's here. This is awesome.

zenabi87zenabi87 replied on January 26th, 2010

Tosin!! yes finally! ill be seeing animals as leaders and veil of maya in tenneesse!

J.artmanJ.artman replied on January 26th, 2010

Welcome! Your musical background is very interesting, I can't wait for the next lesson. Hope you stick around Jamplay, take care!

viterviter replied on January 26th, 2010

Lol you sound like an awesome teacher :P Crazy style man! :)

nessanessa replied on January 26th, 2010

Welcome, Tosin!!!

currannicurranni replied on January 26th, 2010

1st!! welcome to the site great intro and interesting style. but u have long fingers!! haha i m lucky to reach number 6 sometimes!

Tyler.RughTyler.Rugh replied on January 26th, 2010

... And has to be the Victor Wooten of guitar!

Tyler.RughTyler.Rugh replied on January 26th, 2010

This guy is insane... Welcome Tosin! so excited to see what you will be bringing to JamPlay.

Tosin Abasi Artist Series

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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 FREE
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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