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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Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout. While his outrageous catalog of more than studio albums contains every guitar technique under the sun, an examination of his live playing has bucketheae some tendencies, some of which I’ll show you in this lesson.

Tremolo Before you start on any of the other exercises in buckethear lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style.

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. Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break.

Hope this helps you: However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only bucketehad once. It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. Mixing natural minor and whole tone sounds with utter disregard for the traditional expectations of the listener, Buckethead is a master of intrigue, transporting you through a vortex of multi-finger sweep tapping arpeggios and sensually massaged bends, all the while standing stoically above you, as if this is just another day in the land of Buckethead.

Buckethead lesson tab?

This is difficult to show as a tab The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become. In this lesson, I’ll show you several Buckethead-like exercises, and then put them all together to make a bucketead lick in bucketheac style of Buckethead. All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a compresser ideally.


Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm. Each tremolo picked note should be played for the same amount of time as it takes you to play all the other notes in the phrase, before you hit the next tremolo picked note.


buckethesd Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: Try running down any minor Pentatonic scale using alternate picking. This sounds really frenzied. You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name. Once again, strict alternate picking is required for this. 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.

Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. Try adding an octaviser to make a really weird buciethead sound. This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E minor pentatonic scale: Try to think of all speed solos like this – a collection of fast licks rather than one massive section. This is not a difficult exercise, as long as you can tap fast. Speed Picking Lesaon shred like Buckethead, you need to be able to pick fast and accurately.

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’ve never seen it 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. Sliding Taps This one rules! In the exercises, when tremolo picking is used, I’ve shown it by putting ‘tr’ above the note.

Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard.

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Remember, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it You can’t get any faster than tremolo lessin on one note. Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win.


Trust me, your elbow will fall off. 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. His three-note-per-string approach is something that’s glaringly important in his phrasing—and something I examine in my Guitar Super System course, so be sure to sign up if you want to learn more.

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For it to work properly, I hold my pick arched inside my middle finger, like I discussed in my lesson on holding picks when bucethead. This will help you get used to the fast wrist action. Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead. Tap as kesson as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string.

Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: If you don’t, your shred will not be as good as it could be – when you’re playing a solo, you need to be able to speed up and slow down smoothly.

If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged. 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. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end bucketehad tapping display.

I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it. This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. Remember all lessoh these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings.

Maybe ‘cos I can pull-off faster than fret a note, but when you play descending licks it really does sound like your doing a lot more than you are. OK, in case the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead.