If you follow Guitar World magazine on YouTube you will have seen Tosin Abasi’s Prog-Gnosis series, some short videos talking about various guitar playing and compositional techniques that he uses to craft his 8 string masterpieces for Animals As Leaders. Guitar World have now made all of these videos available as a complete instructional DVD called Tosin Abasi – Prog-Gnosis which costs just $9.99.
This DVD includes over an hour of instruction in seven-string arpeggios, economy picking, odd-meter phrasing, hybrid picking and much more. In addition to this the DVD includes warm-ups for both hands.
Animal Instinct – Getting a feel for picking techniques with the track “Somnarium”
Economies of Scale – Making effective use of economy picking, and how Tosin Abasi plays his solos in “Somnarium”
Inter-Planetary Exploration – How to play the outro guitar solo in “Earth Departure”
Double Up – Double picking, and the first solo in “An Infinite Regression”
Thumbs Up – How to play the thumb-slapped intro to “An Infinite Regression”
Lucky Sevens – Making odd meters feel natural, and how to play “Cylindrical Sea”
Six Sense – Playing 6/4, and the hybrid-picked arpeggios in “David”
Six of Another – More on playing in 6/4 meter, and how I perform the hybrid-picked arpeggios in “David,” part 2.
Voicing Opinions – Devising chord voicings on the eight-string guitar
Turn on the Heat – Effective ways to warm up both hands
Rollercoaster Ride – Seven-string arpeggios
Two-Hand Touch – Examining the two-hand tapping and odd-meter phrasing in “Isolated Incidents”
Connect the Dots – Analyzing the harmonized melody lines in “Isolated Incidents”