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 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.
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They started like most of us, playing power chords, Nirvana and Metallica. So how exactly did Ben Weinman of the Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals as Leaders’ Tosin Abasi and Periphery’s Misha Mansoor become such damned good guitarists?