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THUMP! – Tosin Abasi’s Guitar Instructional DVD

July 28th, 2016

THUMP! Tosin Abasi's Instructional DVD

DVD cover. Click to enlarge.


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.
    • A 3-pack of Dunlop’s signature Animals As Leaders guitar picks.
    • 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.
    • A photograph signed by Tosin himself.



$30 USD – Standard Version

(DVD + Transcription Booklet)

$50 USD – Deluxe Version

(DVD + Transcription Booklet + 4 Axe-Fx Patches + 3 Signature Guitar Picks + 3 AAL Backing Tracks + Autographed Picture)



Contact us at ‘admin @’ (no spaces)
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

  • George Gachiri

    Can the dvd be downloadable ? instead of a hard copy ?

    • guitarmessenger

      Hey George – the DVD is only available in physical format at this time. We will eventually release some sections in digital format.

      • George Gachiri

        Hello i ordered the package to be delivered to Kent , Canterbury united Kingdom. Address Ct27bq woolf house flat Eb6 . This was on the 28th of September. It has not yet arrived. I have been tracking it and as at 3rd October it has been at JAMAICA,NY,11430. Kindly assist me with this.

        • guitarmessenger

          Hi George – your package is definitely in the mail. Will double-check on the status and e-mail you!

          • George Gachiri

            Hello. This is the best DVD i have ever seen. Amazing stuff!!! The content is amazing. You were right. a little patience goes a long way ;-)

            Thank you very much for your support.

            5 stars !!!

          • guitarmessenger

            Very happy to hear! :)

  • Alex Maiers

    Is there any [official] place to buy the backing tracks? I don’t need the picks, autographed photo, or the Axe-FX patches but would love to have those for playing live at solo gigs.

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi Alex – At this time, the backing tracks are only available as part of the deluxe package.

  • Frederick Jones

    Hey @guitarmessenger:disqus . Do we know when these are going to be out / shipped? I ordered mine on 7/28. Hoping it comes out soon!

    • guitarmessenger

      Hey Frederick – the DVD’s are in production and will start shipping in late August. Since you ordered on 7/28, your copy should be one of the first to go out!

  • Dr. Somepony

    Is a refund possibile? I’d like to buy it later on, since Im having financial problems right now.

    • guitarmessenger

      Sure! Please e-mail me at: i v a n @ g u i t a r m e s s e n g e r . c o m (no spaces), and we’ll get you sorted.

  • Raul Abusabal

    is this Feature full-band audio, minus Tosin’s lead parts like drums and guitars backing track parts included or?

    • guitarmessenger

      The backing tracks include everything, except for the lead guitar parts that Tosin plays in the video.

  • DJ Temple

    has the dvd begun shipping yet?

    • guitarmessenger

      Yes – we’re shipping in chronological order starting this week!

  • Raul Issac Tabares Mendoza

    Hi , Is it possible for me to get the deluxe Version out of the US? I’m in Mexico

    • guitarmessenger


  • Danny Siavichay

    I paid for mine with paypal on the 22nd of August but it doesn’t show up on my paypal summary but it does show up in my bank statement. How can I know if I will be getting the DVD for sure?

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi Danny – can you email me at ivan @ guitarmessenger . com (no spaces) ? Please forward me your paypal receipt and I can double check that we’ve received it on our end as well.

  • Jeffrey Ricaille

    hey there ! can someone tell me when it could be in belgium ? or if there is a tracking number that i had missed or something ? because i’ve no clue about when it will hit my door ^^ i’ve preordered it in august , thx!

    • guitarmessenger

      We started shipping last week and all remaining orders will be in the mail by the end of the week or Monday latest. You will receive an e-mail with tracking information once your package is in the mail. Thanks for the continued patience and I hope you enjoy the DVD!

  • Jason Smith

    Hey there, I pre-ordered my copy somewhere between mid to late august. I still haven’t gotten any email confirming if my package has been shipped, and i contacted ivan @ guitar and still haven’t gotten any response, please help?

    • guitarmessenger

      Hey Jason – did you receive your shipping confirmation already? Just about all orders are in the mail now, except for small handful. Please e-mail me again if you haven’t received your confirmation.

  • Fares E.

    Is an 8-string guitar required for this? I’m really interested in the techniques, but play a 7-string.

    • guitarmessenger

      All techniques and concepts can be applied/transposed to a 6, 7, or 8-string guitar!

  • LiquidTension

    I just received my deluxe version and am super ecstatic but I was wondering how to get access to the patches and backing tracks. Thanks!

    • Greg Kamer

      I have the same question, but don’t see a tweet.

      • guitarmessenger

        We’ll be mailing out download links to all deluxe orders up to 9/13 in the next 24-48 hours. All remaining orders after 9/13 will receive their links next week. Thanks for your patience!

  • Darrell Curran

    I want this but dont want to risk customs charges, are there any plans for any Europe/UK sellers in the future?

    • guitarmessenger

      Yes! Please email at i v a n @ g u i t a r m e s s e n g e r . c o m (no spaces).

  • Steve Li

    Just got the deluxe edition, however i can’t find the backing tracks inside the DVD?

    • guitarmessenger

      We’ll be sending out all deluxe download links this week! Be sure to check your paypal email.

  • Pedro Terra

    Hi, i purchesed Deluxe DVD, which delivery forecast? I need pay shipping? as paid the shipping?
    Thank you

    • guitarmessenger

      Every order up to 9/13 has been shipped! Newer orders will be in the mail this coming week. Thanks for your patience!

  • Arash Hhs

    yo I still haven’t received mine

    • guitarmessenger

      Check your tracking! (from To your address should have already arrived or will be there any day now.

  • Derek O’Hara

    How do I access the Backing tracks, axe fx patches, and cabinet tone match from the deluxe version?

    • guitarmessenger

      You will receive an e-mail with download instructions! If you purchased before yesterday, you should already have received it.

  • Will Hay

    Dvd package arrived, nice picks and signed card, pity when I opened the dvd case it had the booklet but no actual dvd!!

    • guitarmessenger

      Whoa! I’m extremely sorry about that – out of thousands of packages, we had one other case where that happened because of warehouse mistake. Please e-mail me i v a n @ g u i t a r m e s s e n g e r . c o m (no spaces), and we’ll get you sorted out right away!

  • Cristian Baz

    Thumping, legato, phrasing, sweeping, tone crafting and even a rundown through part of Tosin’s guitar collection…GET IT, you’ll never look at your thumb the same way again

    • guitarmessenger

      Thank you very much!

  • James Griffin

    Had my jaw on the floor for most of it. Best guitar dvd I’ve seen in a long while. Absolute demon.

    • guitarmessenger

      Thank you!!

  • Justin Verrall

    I’ve watched through all the content and I’m immensely impressed with the level of quality that Guitar Messenger has provided both in production value of the DVD and the quality of the physical booklet they neatly slipped in there. I think this should be the gold standard of how to make instructional DVD’s!

    P.S. Is that the real size of Tosin Abasi’s hand?

    • guitarmessenger

      Thank you so much! That is truly awesome to hear :) It’s *almost* real size – we had to shrink it down just a bit to fit the booklet.

      • Justin Verrall

        Do you know if there’s a downloadable PDF of the booklet? I’m looking through the booklet to see if there’s a link to somewhere I can download it just in case the booklet gets ruined or lost. I guess one of my only criticisms at this point would be that it would have been smart to include TAB in the vid and/or a digital copy of the booklet but at this point that’s the only thing that would have made it better.

        • guitarmessenger

          Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately, there isn’t a PDF option at this time. We hope to release parts of Thump! digitally in the future.

          • Justin Verrall

            Will it be free for the people that already have bought the dvd?

  • Christian Cruz

    Do the Axe Fx patches work with Ultra and Standard or Axe Fx 2?

    • guitarmessenger

      Axe-Fx 2!

  • Alexander Afanasyev

    Hi ,is there a possibility to ship it to Russian Federation?

    • guitarmessenger


  • Filippo Rosati

    Just Received my deluxe edition copy!
    That’s one of the best instructional dvd ever made! Thank you!

    • guitarmessenger

      Thank you! Very glad to hear you like it.

  • Jason Baker

    Ordered the deluxe version. Are the Axe-FX patches and backing tracks delivered digitally or shipped with the physical stuff?

    • guitarmessenger

      Thanks for the order! Should already be in your e-mail :)

  • DJ Temple

    Still waiting on my copy, can you please confirm that it was sent?

    • guitarmessenger

      All orders to-date are in the mail! Look out for a tracking e-mail from center – that will have shipping confirmation, as well as tracking if you are in North America. (Please note that message may be in your spam)

  • Joey Sinclair

    I am loving this dvd. Lots of great content. I bought the deluxe package so I could get the signed picture and I was so happy with it I decided it needed a sweet custom frame. So I built one using reclaimed pecky cypress and epoxy resin. Check out a photo at:

    • guitarmessenger

      That is super cool! :)

  • Nikolay Nikonorov

    I ordered this DVD 31 July and I did not get it. Where is my DVD?

    • guitarmessenger

      All DVD’s have been mailed out – please e-mail us with a copy of your receipt and we can double check on the status (ivan @ – no spaces).

  • Chris

    Having worked in the video production field for 10 years now, I’m extremely sad to see this only being offered as a DVD! Especially if the video was shot in HD. Why no digital??? A bluray would have been better but I would be extremely surprised if people still had standard definition tv’s or disc drives to even play this. As tempted as I am to purchase this, I’m afraid I can’t until there is a digital version available :( Please make one soon!

  • Mohammad Aljasem

    When is the release of the downloadable version ?

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi Mohammad! We don’t have a set date yet for the digital release. We will likely release sections of the DVD digitally in the first half of next year.

  • Alexander Kravchuk

    Hi, are these lessons only for the eight string guitar?

    • guitarmessenger

      All techniques and concepts can be applied/transposed to a 6, 7, or 8-string guitar!

  • Seamus Adric McDaniel

    I just bought the DVD and realize I need to change the shipping address for my order. If I already contacted the email on the PayPal seller info, but is there any other email address I should send an email to?

  • Joseph Hampton

    How long does it take for the patches and backing track to come through email?

    • guitarmessenger

      Usually about 1 business day. At the moment, all deluxe orders have been sent out!

  • Caleb Guevara

    Hi, I bought the DVD about a week ago and have yet to receive an E-Mail for a tracking number. My card has already been charged with, so can somebody guide as to what I can do to either get my money back or at least a tracking number? Thanks in advance.

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi Caleb – you should have received tracking information via your PayPal e-mail – can you please check the spam folder? I just looked up your tracking and the package has been delivered. Hope you enjoy the DVD!

  • You Seki

    Hi, I want to buy deluxe version. Is there a possibility to ship it to Japan? And, Is this DVD Region Free?

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi You – Yes, we ship worldwide! Yes, the DVD is Region-Free!

  • Farrakhan

    Ordered mine can I track the shipment?

    • guitarmessenger

      Tracking is in your e-mail!

  • 佐藤飛

    Hi, I want to buy Standard x 2 and Deluxe x 5, how do i Order?
    Is that possible to ship to TAIWAN?


    • guitarmessenger

      No problem! Yes – we ship worldwide. Please e-mail me at: ivan @ (no spaces) and I will provide payment instructions. Thank you!

      • 佐藤飛

        I’ve just sent it !

  • Farrakhan

    When I click on my download thump in the email you guys sent me it doesn’t do anything to download

    • guitarmessenger

      Just a heads up – I e-mailed you a new link! Let me know if everything works now. Dropbox has changed some things on their end, so the link had to be refreshed.

      • Farrakhan

        Got it set last night thanks!!!

  • Ziryab Yusuf Ali

    I bought my delux verion, on 17 january, how I can track my order?

    • guitarmessenger

      Hey Ziryab – did you order under another name? I’m not seeing your order… Can you please e-mail me at: “a d m i n @ g u i t a r m e s s e n g e r . c o m” with your PayPal receipt? (no spaces or “” in the e-mail). Thanks!

      • Ziryab Yusuf Ali

        I just sent an email with my Paypal receipt to , a d m i n @ g u i t a r m e s s e n g e r . c o m
        Thank you I am waiting your reply.

  • Sam Marklew

    Hi, I’m trying to buy the dvd online and its not allowing me to and saying my card isn’t readable? I’m from the UK by the way.

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi, we just got your order – thanks!

  • Christopher Fenimore (AlphaXOm

    Hello, Will the AXE-FX patches work with the AXE-FX Ultra?

    • guitarmessenger

      No – only on Axe-FX II and its variations.

  • Christopher Fenimore (AlphaXOm


    Will the Axe-FX patches work with the AXE-FX Ultra?

  • Joe Chen

    Hi, how can we check the status of our order? It’s been 2 weeks, and I haven’t gotten my order yet.

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi Joe! It will arrive on Monday. Please feel free to e-mail me for tracking info. Sorry this one went out a bit slower – generally, we’re looking at 5-7 business days and Monday will be day 8. In any case, hope you have the DVD in your hands shortly and you enjoy!

  • Michael Hoogstraaten

    Hi, I want to check the status of my order, can you give me any info on it ? I made the order 7th of may, so I was just wondering :)

    • guitarmessenger

      Hi Michael – DHL is showing your order as delivered! :)