How to Play On Impulse by Animals As Leaders (Guitar Lesson)

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Tosin Abasi

On Impulse

Tosin Abasi teaches Animals As Leaders' song "On Impulse." Tosin teaches the individual song sections as well as the lead portions.

Taught by Tosin Abasi in Songs With Tosin Abasi seriesLength: 36:21Difficulty: 3.5 of 5

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partythrasher118partythrasher118 replied on June 25th, 2012

I wish there was a full demonstration of the song.

xiphos7xiphos7 replied on November 8th, 2011

when he slides the arpeggio up to the 6th position it sounds like he plays the G# (as if the 6th fret is barred on the top 4) but he said he just slides up the same arpeggio from the 2nd position?

xiphos7xiphos7 replied on November 8th, 2011

yeah, just watched again he hasn't got his 3rd finger down on the A# 8th fret on the d string so that note is dropped down to the G# 6th fret on the d string, don t know if it's intentional but he didn't just slide up the arpeggio, the note fretted by the 3rd finger is dropped

domonlydomonly replied on September 13th, 2011

clean guitar 1 pg. 3 is wrong. it says 7 on the E string and then 7 on the b string, but its supposed to be 12 on the b string and then 11 on the g string

kriztovkriztov replied on October 16th, 2011

I'm really confused about this part too. Bar 27 & 28 of the notation has this awkward jump down to the 7th fret at the end of each bar, but in the video Tosin doesn't move his hand to the 7th fret at all in this part. He says the pattern is the same as when played at the 2nd fret, but the bass notes seem different in the notation for this part. Could anybody clear this up? I would really like to learn this section :)

jamesafjamesaf replied on November 5th, 2011

Just follow what Tosin plays in the video; for some reason the person who tabbed it out (incorrectly) moved those notes up from the G and high b strings to the high b and e strings.

ezabstractezabstract replied on August 6th, 2011

its all so clear you really shouldn't need tab.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on September 7th, 2010

The supplemental content is now available. Here are a few notes: "Dirty Guitar 2" enters at measure 109 of the score. "Dirty Guitar 3" enters at measure 89 of the score. The B section of the song (part played with half time feel) is pretty strange from a rhythmic standpoint. The first few times this figure is played in the song, the whole band is playing a four measure figure using these meters: 1 bar of 9/8 followed by 3 bars of 4/4. However, when this section is played under the guitar solo, the electronic drums and the lead are played using the following meters: 1 bar of 7/4 followed by 3 bars of 6/4. While the drums and lead guitar are playing in these meters, the rhythm guitar is still playing the figure with the 9/8-4/4 type feel. That's at least the way I was hearing these parts. There are probably a few different ways to conceptualize this section.

kevinpickellkevinpickell replied on April 24th, 2010

A lesson with no tab? Very sad and unprofessional.

yappin89yappin89 replied on March 11th, 2010

Soooo that tab wheres taht at?

jboothjbooth replied on March 11th, 2010

Tosin just finished his tour so it should be soon. Sorry for the delays, his made it impossible for him to work on and tabbing the 8 string stuff is pretty difficult in it's own right.

jboothjbooth replied on March 11th, 2010

Sorry, I meant his tour made it impossible for him to tab stuff:) My grammar are good

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on February 2nd, 2010

Tosin is finalizing the tab, and sending me the stems for the backing track. Those will be up as soon as I get them guys.

iz304iz304 replied on February 12th, 2013

I don't suppose those backing tracks are around yet, are they...?

xiphos7xiphos7 replied on March 15th, 2012

COME ON!! Still no backing track? ITS BEEN AGES..

kluxxedkluxxed replied on February 3rd, 2010

please do! :)

nate_thegreatnate_thegreat replied on February 3rd, 2010

this guy is my new hero.

zenabi87zenabi87 replied on February 2nd, 2010

very nice!

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on February 2nd, 2010

Afraid you can't play this song on your 6 string? Not so!! Tosin tunes his extended range strings a to a 5th and an octave. This means all his chord voicings will work on your standard tuned six string. You'll lack some fullness, but it's doable.

Songs With Tosin Abasi

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Lead guitarist of Animals As Leaders, Tosin Abasi, teaches his own creations.

Lesson 1

On Impulse

Tosin Abasi teaches Animals As Leaders' song "On Impulse."

Length: 36:21 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Thoroughly At Home

Tosin Abasi teaches Animals As Leaders' song "Thoroughly At Home."

Length: 23:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing

Tosin Abasi teaches the Animals As Leaders song "The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing."

Length: 24:55 Difficulty: 5.0 Members Only
Lesson 4


Tosin Abasi breaks down "CAFO" by his band Animals As Leaders. An acronym for "concentrated animal feed operation," this track is a highly technical shred-fest sure to challenge the best guitarists.

Length: 42:28 Difficulty: 5.0 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.

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