Tosin Abasi employs numerous unusual and difficult techniques in his guitar work, from thumping to double picking.
Now the Animals as Leaders electric guitar player has offered up a short video lesson demonstrating his unique selective picking approach, which, as he explains, is “a term I use to describe producing notes on the guitar where I divide my left and right hand up.
“So if I want to do a group of three notes, I would hammer on from nowhere the first note and then [notes] two and three would be completed by my right hand.”
Sounds easy? It’s not.
By way of example, Abasi performs a “neat little diatonic riff in E minor,” very slowly at first, and then up to speed.
The result is a mind-boggling, percussive run that sounds as if Abasi is using a delay pedal. Or as one commenter puts it, “What I'm hearing seems to bear no relationship to what I'm seeing.”
Abasi offers a few tips when tackling selective picking, including using a guitar with low action and employing a split-coil sound to achieve the appropriate attack.
Beyond that, you’re on your own.
If you want to grab the tab for the lesson, however, it’s available at Abasi’s Shopify store.