Polyphia’s Tim Henson demonstrates jaw-dropping ‘God Hand’ 8-string slapping riff - and teaches you how to play it

Tim Henson has certainly been keeping his YouTube channel busy throughout quarantine, sharing new compositions, jams with Ichika Nito, and now a mind-blowing new ‘God Hand’ riff - and a lesson on how to play it.

In the video, Henson picks up what looks to be an 8-string guitar prototype of his Ibanez signature electric guitar to tear through some next-level fingerpicking, with rapid-fire hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides, heavy slapping, and some nifty harmonics thrown in. In short, a classic Polyphia riff.

Henson goes on to break down each section of the riff slowed down and in detail. As he points out, the thump technique is a trick he learned from fellow 21st-century guitar hero Tosin Abasi, and full tab and backing track are available from Henson's website, w6rst.com.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Henson has wowed us with extended-range instruments - he also used an eight-string to great effect along with Scott LePage on Polyphia’s colossal Look But Don’t Touch. You can watch their Guitar World playthrough of the single below.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.