Tosin Abasi Artist Series

Artist Series Guitar Course from Tosin Abasi

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

19 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Lead guitarist for Animals As Leaders, Tosin Abasi brings his knowledge of extended range guitars to JamPlay. In his artist series, Tosin will break down the eight string guitar and demonstrate valuable technique for playing it.


Interview with Tosin Abasi

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

14:46 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


8 String Guitar

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

7:49 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

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Hybrid Picking Techniques

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

9:28 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Theory Ideas

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

8:38 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Economy Picking

Tosin discusses and demonstrates economy picking technique.

14:41 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Economy Picking and Note Grouping

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

8:50 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty



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

15:26 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Advanced Economy Picking Technique

Tosin Abasi expands further on economy picking.

9:54 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


8 String Jazz Voicings

Tosin Abasi covers jazz voicings for the eight string guitar.

8:18 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


8 String Chord Voicings

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

9:15 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Emulating Bass

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

6:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Two Handed Tapping

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

31:59 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Muted Tapping

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

5:25 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty



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

12:30 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


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.

23:17 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


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.

13:24 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Songwriting Approach

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

5:59 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Organizing Scales

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

24:30 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Alternate Picking Exercises

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

6:12 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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Animals As Leaders

  • Washingtonn, D.C.
  • Playing since 1990
  • 23 lessons at JamPlay
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.
Reviews & Feedback 98/100 with 170 ratings

Best guitarist on the planet


Fantastic distillation of fretboard knowledge and how to practice it


great lick for getting comfortable with odd groupings


He explains economy picking really well. I'll check out more lessons from him too.


Huge fan and he's a major influence to me


I have an 8 string and have been a little lost as to what to do with it. Got it on a whim. Thanks Tosin. Now about the 9 string... :)


Never thought of muting taps. Awesome.




Very good lesson, improved my understanding tremendously.