Lesson 1: Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be able to pick fast and accurately. In this lesson, I’ll show you several Buckethead-like. Learn & play tab for lead guitar with free online tab player, speed control and loop. Download original Guitar Pro tab.

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And we don’t want anyone losing any arms This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display.

I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it. Tap as fast as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string. Try running down any minor Pentatonic scale using alternate picking.

It’s even better when they actually have the skills bucketgead validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based bucketheax the E minor pentatonic scale: Once you’ve got the tremolo picking down, smoothly hitting the correct string only, at a constant speed, you’ll be ready to move on to the next excerise.

OK, in case the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead. Then, I use my index finger to tap the A string and my ring finger to tap the B string. Hope this helps you: Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style.

Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate buckethaed throughout. Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: Remember, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow. You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. There is already a great lesson with pictures on this site showing how to do the infamous ‘6-finger’ tap, so I’ll leave that out.


However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once. Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break.

Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard. I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson. Mixing natural minor and whole tone sounds with utter disregard for the traditional expectations of the listener, Buckethead is a kesson of intrigue, transporting you through a vortex of multi-finger sweep tapping bucksthead and sensually massaged bends, all the while standing stoically above you, as if this is just another day in the land of Buckethead.

Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead. In this lesson, I’ll show you several Buckethead-like exercises, and then put them all together to make a cool lick in the style of Buckethead. You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name.


Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the buckethrad, on any strings. Most importantly, try not to wear a bucket on your head, because I tried it, and it’s really hard to play guitar that way.

Each tremolo picked note should be played for the same amount of time as it takes you to play all the other notes huckethead the phrase, before you hit the next tremolo picked note. Trust me, your elbow will fall off.

If you don’t, your shred will not be as good as bhckethead could be – when you’re playing a solo, you need to be able to speed up and slow down smoothly. His entertaining and educational content receives millions of views per month and has enrolled tens of thousands of students in his online guitar courses, which rank among the highest satisfaction ratings of any online educator in the music industry.


Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a compresser ideally.

If you’ve never seen bucketehad before, I’d advise trying to get hold of the first Rock In Rio 3 solo on video, as you get a good close-up of the technique. Try adding an octaviser to make a really weird robot sound. Once you get that mastered, you’re on your way. Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index buckfthead middle finger to tap. This will help you get used to the fast wrist action.

It sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually lessom just moving down a simple box shape. This sounds really frenzied.

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However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style. This is difficult to show as a tab While his outrageous catalog of more than studio albums contains every guitar technique under the sun, an examination of his live playing has revealed some tendencies, some of which I’ll show you in this lesson.

For it to work properly, I hold my pick arched inside my middle finger, like I discussed in my lesson on holding picks when tapping. Try to think of all speed solos like this – a collection of fast licks rather bickethead one lfsson section. However, play it however feels comfortable to you. Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick. Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards.

If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged. Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking.