In the video below, Joe Satriani, Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders) and Guthrie Govan (the Aristocrats) sit down for a video conference with Guitar World Senior Editor Andy Aledort and discuss their approach and thoughts about guitar, technique, inspiration and the upcoming G4 Experience.
The notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce a quick succession of notes has been around since the invention of the pick itself. Jazz players from the Fifties would use the approach in their improvisations, and Chet Atkins was known to eschew his signature fingerstyle hybrid-picking technique from time to time and rip out sweep-picked arpeggios.
From June 28 to July 2, 2015, musicians of all ages and levels will once again converge in California’s Central Coast for the second annual G4 Experience featuring Joe Satriani; Tosin Abasi and Animals As Leaders; Guthrie Govan and the Aristrocrats; and Mike Keneally.
Check out this clip of Tosin Abasi covering Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” from 2010. In it, the Animals as Leaders guitarist swaps his 8-string electric for a classical guitar. Along with upright bassist Matthew Hemerlein, Abasi fingerpicks his way through a dreamy rendition of this OK Computer anthem.
The 2014 Guitar Workshop Plus program has announced its artist line-up for this year. This top ranked summer music program continues to provide the ultimate experience in music education and has scholarships available.
Here’s Tosin Abasi from Animals As Leaders doing his thing on an eight-string acoustic guitar built and designed by Julien Bergeron. Tosin says, “I am blown away by the tone, volume and playability of this thing!”
I don’t really separate things. I love music and I love aesthetic art as well. I feel like there’s a thread between visual art and music. Sometimes a designer can give me a similar feeling and impact me as strongly as hearing a really cool song or a really great guitar player.
The following content is related to the September 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.