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Tosin Abasi

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Prog-Gnosis: Analyzing the Harmonized Melody Lines in "Isolated Incidents"

The following content is related to the August 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.

Prog-Gnosis: Examining the Two-Hand Tapping and Odd-Meter Phrasing in "Isolated Incidents"

The following content is related to the July 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.

Prog-Gnosis: Roller-Coaster Ride — Seven-String Arpeggios

The following content is related to the June 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.

Prog-Gnosis: Turn On the Heat — Effective Ways to Warm Up Both Hands

The following content is related to the May 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.

Prog-Gnosis: Voicing Options — Devising Chord Voicings on the Eight-String Guitar

The following content is related to the April 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.

Prog-Gnosis: More on Playing in 6/4, and Part 2 of My Hybrid-Picked Arpeggios in “David”

The following content is related to the March 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.

Prog-Gnosis: Playing in 6/4, and the Hybrid-Picked Arpeggios in “David”

In my last column, I discussed my penchant for employing odd meters in much of the music I write for Animals as Leaders, using the song “Cylindrical Sea” as an example. While “Cylindrical Sea” moves back and forth freely between 7/8, 5/8 and 6/8 time signatures, the idea was not simply to write a tune for the sake of complexity.

Prog-Gnosis: How to Play the Thumb-Slapped Intro to "An Infinite Regression"

This month, I’d like to demonstrate how I play the intro to “An Infinite Regression,” the opening track from the latest Animals as Leaders album, Weightless. This part features a very unusual and unique “double-thumbing” technique that, I believe, was pioneered by the great jazz bassist Victor Wooten. As usual, all of the licks in this column are arranged for seven-string guitar (low to high, B E A D G B E), though I play the part on an eight-string.

Prog-Gnosis: Making Odd Meters Feel Natural, and How to Play “Cylindrical Sea”

A signature element in the songwriting techniques I use with my band Animals as Leaders is the incorporation of unusual time signatures, also known as odd meters. In the quest for fresh-sounding new music, we will often superimpose different meters and/or syncopations on top of one another, a technique explored to great extent by many of today’s progressive rock and metal bands, such as Periphery, Dillinger Escape Plan and, of course, Meshuggah.

Prog-Gnosis: An Introduction to Double Picking

This month, I'd like to talk about a cool, useful technique I sometimes use called “double picking,” which involves repeating each note in a melody twice using alternate (down-up) picking. A good example of this technique can be found in the first solo I play in “An Infinite Regression,” from Animals as Leaders’ latest release, Weightless.