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THUMP! – Tosin Abasi’s Guitar Instructional DVD

July 28th, 2016

THUMP! Tosin Abasi's Instructional DVD

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THUMP! is an in-depth exploration of the modern playing techniques of Tosin Abasi. Together with his trio, Animals As Leaders, Tosin has cemented himself as a pioneer in today’s generation of progressive music, pushing boundaries both as a guitarist and composer. THUMP! focuses primarily on his approaches to the thumping technique, and also explores several other key techniques that offer insight into his music.

This DVD features over an hour of lessons and performances, in-depth interviews, gear discussion, tone concepts, and behind-the-scenes footage. The accompanying 46-page booklet contains thorough tablature transcriptions of all examples and song performances.


THUMP! is also available as a DELUXE Package, which, in addition to the DVD and transcription booklet, also includes:

    • Includes 4 patches: Thump/Slap tone, Clean Tone, Rhythm Tone, Lead Tone.
    • Actual patches used live with Animals As Leaders, including Tone Match of Tosin’s Port City guitar cabinet.
    • Patches designed in Firmware Quantum 1.05 and can be tweaked for any firmware update.
    • Backing tracks of three Animals As Leaders songs that are performed on the DVD and transcribed in the accompanying booklet: “Another Year,” “The Woven Web,” and “Mind-Spun.”
    • Feature full-band audio, minus Tosin’s lead parts.



$30 USD – Standard Version SOLD OUT

(DVD + Transcription Booklet)

$50 USD – Deluxe Version    SOLD OUT

(DVD + Transcription Booklet + 4 Axe-Fx Patches + 3 AAL Backing Tracks +
Tosin Abasi Autographed Picture + 3 Animals As Leaders Signature Dunlop Picks)



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for shipping discounts on multiple orders.

The DVD is in region-free (0) NTSC format.

WE SHIP WORLDWIDE: Purchaser is responsible for any local customs and postal service fees required by his/her country. To ensure fastest delivery on orders outside of the United States, please submit complete addresses translated into English.

Topics Include:

  • Mechanics of Thumping
  • Thumping in a Rhythmic Context
  • Musical Thumping Examples
  • Hammer-Ons From Nowhere
  • Approaches to Chord Playing
  • Intervallic Phrasing
  • Low-Register Sweeping
  • Crafting Guitar Tones

Additionally, we’ve included playthroughs and note-for-note transcriptions of three Animals As Leaders songs:

  • Another Year
  • The Woven Web
  • Mind-Spun

  • Matthew Conway

    If I’ve already purchased the regular DVD is there any way to purchase the patches and backing tracks separately? I’ll be buying an Axe FX pretty soon, and I’ll be in desperate need of those patches. They should work with the AX8 correct?

    • guitarmessenger

      Shoot me an email to i v a n @ guitar messenger . c o m (No spaces) and we can look into this! Thanks.

  • Jerry Widodo

    is there a download instead? I wouldn’t want to deal with the shipping, and my PC doesnt have a dvd player T_T

    • guitarmessenger

      THUMP! is only available in physical format at this time.

      • Will Campbell

        Please respond to the recent comments

        • guitarmessenger

          Just did – thanks for your patience!

  • Will Campbell

    Hello, I just bought the Deluxe version, and I am wondering if the AXE-FX patches will come by email or with the physical DVD

    • guitarmessenger

      They will be e-mailed!

  • Carlos Herrera

    I bought the DVD, but never received an email. Did the purchase go through?

    • guitarmessenger

      Just replied to your e-mail!

  • JOHN Decanini

    Bought this dvd the 28th of November. How long will it take for it to ship to me? I’m in the US.

    • guitarmessenger

      Hey John – just replied to your e-mail!

  • Elijah Zucker

    I bought the deluxe but never received anything in the mail. wtf. I got the link for the backing tracks but I’m still waiting. no tracking info or anything.

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi Elijah – thanks for your purchase! The order is confirmed, we have the DVD + picture package ready to go, but with the big response from the sale, we’ve run out of the picks. Waiting on new ones to arrive from Dunlop tomorrow and then we can mail right away.

      My apologies for the delay and thanks for your patience. We’ll get the package underway for you ASAP and hope you enjoy!

  • Dave Barnes

    Do tha axefx patches work on ax8?

    • guitarmessenger

      No, because Axe-Fx and Axe-8 patches are not interchangeable. However, there’s a tone section on the DVD where Tosin describes in detail how to build a patch from the ground up, so that should provide some inspiration for building a similar patch on the Axe-8.

  • Ignatius Ferreira

    Hi there, I ordered this DVD about a month ago and I live in South Africa. Is there a way that I can track the package? I’ve been getting suspicious emails by people claiming to be FedEx..

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi Ignatius – the package arrived in your country on December 13th. We don’t have tracking information beyond that point. Please feel free to e-mail if you’d like shipment confirmation and DHL info: ivan @ (no spaces)

  • Owen Harris

    I haven’t purchased it yet, I’m wondering if it will take a really long time to be shipped to the UK?

    • guitarmessenger

      Generally, international shipments take 2-4 weeks to arrive.

  • Tyler Cooney

    I’m interested in purchasing the DVD but don’t have a disk drive for my computer. Is it possible to use another computer and transfer the file to my computer to use whenever I want? Cheers

    • Tyler Cooney

      @@guitarmessenger:disqus yo

      • guitarmessenger

        Hey Tyler – I haven’t tried this, so I’m not sure!

  • Anton Lam

    I would like to know is that the thump dvd is only for guitar?Is the suitable for bass players?And does it still available to buy and ship to Hong Kong?What’s shipping price to Hong Kong?Thanks a lot.

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi Anton – just replied to your e-mail, but I’ll write here, too!

      While the examples are demonstrated and notated for guitar, the THUMP technique actually originated on bass and can be applied to the bass guitar. The mechanics of the left and right hand will be very similar, with the only limitation being any examples on higher strings. I think it could be valuable for bass players! Yes – it is available to buy and international shipping for Hong Kong is $12. Delivery times average 2-4 weeks.

  • Shaun Sulley

    HI there, I purchased the deluxe package when it was first announced, but have noticed the patches don’t sound right as the Fractal firmware has been updated. Is there a way I can get current versions of the Tosin patches?

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi Shaun – we don’t have his current patches. In fact, Tosin’s been mostly using an amp/pedalboard rig in recent times. That said, the patches you have should really only be a few tweaks away from sounding as intended. The cab block stays the same, as do most of the effects. In the amp block, try adjusting gain and EQ to taste. Hope this helps!

  • Boonya Kitpitak

    Greeting from Thailand, could you estimate the shipping cost of the product shipped to Thailand ?

    • guitarmessenger

      Greetings, Boonya! Thanks for you order. It should arrive in 2-4 weeks.

  • Сергей Овчинников

    Hi! I need The Woven Web backing track (minus drums, minus Tosin lead part) is it included to deluxe version? We want to play cover ver. drums+lead guitar

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi! I just-emailed you back. Woven Web is included in the deluxe package (full backing minus Tosin’s leads)

  • Cagiest Titan

    What is the average shipment time. I ordered mine about a week ago and I have not recieved it yet, and with no tracking number am curious about its progress. So I was wondering what is the average shipment time to my location, approx. the upper midwest

    • guitarmessenger

      Thanks for your order! Please shoot me an e-mail for your tracking info: ivan @ (no spaces). Within the US, it usually takes less than a week to arrive once shipped. We ship 1-2 times / week.

  • Ryan Kerr

    Hello, I ordered the DVD 8/13 and it is now 8/23 and it’s not arrived, and I was wondering if I could get the shipping info emailed to me so I can know when to expect the DVD.

  • Matias

    There is any DVD still available? or any digital version?

    • guitarmessenger

      It’s sold out! We’re working on a digital version to be released later this year.

      • Rockba

        Please hurry! I’d love to get my hands on it asap. Digital version would be a blessing, thanks

        • guitarmessenger

          Working on it! In the meantime, we found a few last units in the warehouse if you want to grab the last of the DVD version!

          • Rockba

            Sure I’ll take one! Should I just place an order?

          • guitarmessenger

            Sorry – we had a few that turned up and they sold almost immediately.

  • Omar Rivera Jr.

    Hey the website says sold out but it looks like i can still order, do you in fact have copies in stock?

    • guitarmessenger

      We are completely sold out! Working on a digital version for release later this year.

  • Carlton Canary

    Any word on when this will be available again? or if there is a downloadable version?

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi Carlton – we’re working on a digital version, as the physical is now sold out. There’s no release date planned yet, but we’ll be sure to make some announcements on our and Tosin’s social media when we have news. Thanks!