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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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. This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. Try adding an octaviser to make a really weird robot sound. Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. Trust me, your elbow will fall off. However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style.

OK, in case the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead. Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips. Sliding Taps This one rules! Tap as fast as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string.

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Bucckethead 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. 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 buckdthead down any minor Pentatonic scale using alternate picking. Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard. You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. Then, I use my index finger to tap the A string and my ring finger to tap the B string.

Lwsson 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. You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow. Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards. Hope this helps you: 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.


Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display.


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 lsson.

I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it. The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become. Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be able to pick fast and accurately. Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout. Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead.

Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings.

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.

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.

His three-note-per-string approach is something that’s glaringly important in his phrasing—and something I examine in my Leswon Super System course, so be sure to sign up if you want to learn more. All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a compresser ideally.

This is not a difficult exercise, as long as you can tap fast.

Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: 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. It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of 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.


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. And we don’t want anyone losing any arms In the exercises, when tremolo picking is used, I’ve shown it by putting ‘tr’ above the note. Remember, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm.

This will help you get used to the fast wrist action. However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once.

Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. Once again, strict lessno picking is required for this. This sounds really frenzied.

This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E minor pentatonic scale: Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. This is difficult to show as a tab If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged.

Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name. Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick.

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