Thumping technique


Does anybody here does thumping?

Those who are not familiar with this technique, it would be easier for you to watch the following clip than for me to explain it in words.

Tosin gets some interesting sounds from it. I’d like to try it at some point and to adapt it to the music of my preference.
I know he made an instructional dvd and I plan to buy it but if somebody has had some experience with the technique and has some advice, I’d like to hear it :slight_smile:


It looks like a bass technique. Is there any reason why someone couldn’t do the same thing on bass? After all, bass is where using the thumb to hit the strings percussively began.


I haven’t brought the DVD yet, it looks pretty good. He seems to cover a lot of his techniques, not JUST the thumping. I think it’s a great sound though, pretty unique, I’d like to get round to trying it at some point.
On a similar theme, you might be interested in Scott Mishoe’s videos. He takes the slap guitar approach to a pretty crazy level.

I don’t think it’s that far away with what Tosin is doing. Slight more funk orientated, but like @Acecrusher mentioned, it’s taking some bass techniques to the guitar, which is always interesting to hear.


Slapping is definitely bass oriented. This is slightly different because of how he’s using his thumb to get multiple strokes. However, I don’t see why this technique couldn’t be used on a bass.
Regardless, it sounds cool as hell and is slightly out of my ability at the moment :smile:


No reasons at all. Towards the end of the video, Tosin said that he got it from bass players.

Neither does the dude in this video :smiley:

Oh yeah, I know him! I checked him out because Guthrie mentioned his name somewhere.

Yes, my exact situation! :smiley:
I enjoy minimalism (mainly Steve Reich and few pieces by Phillip Glass) and I’d like to apply this technique to that kind of music.


This is also a technique that has eluded me for years. But, if I’m being honest I’ve never really put much effort into learning it. But, when done correctly it certainly is cool as hell and Abasi is phenomenal at it. I saw him on the generation axe tour. He’s AMAZING.


Good call! I love a bit of minimalism! :sunglasses: