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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I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson.

Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings.

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This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E lessonn pentatonic scale: It sounds like your shredding all over the place lesskn actually your just moving down a simple box shape. Each tremolo picked note should be played for the same amount of time as it takes you buckeethead play all the other notes in the phrase, before you hit the next tremolo picked note. Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. 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.

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. You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name.

Buckethead lesson tab?

Try running down any minor Pentatonic scale using alternate picking. 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. This sounds really frenzied. 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. 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.


Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards. Remember, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it This is difficult to show as a tab Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: 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.


Tremolo Before you start on any of the other exercises in this lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout.

Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips. Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm.

This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of 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. This pesson not a difficult exercise, as long as you can tap fast.


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. However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style. 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 llesson 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. Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: Once again, strict alternate picking is required for this. A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and B everyone has their own individual style of playing. This will help you get used to the fast wrist action.

Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style. OK, in buckwthead the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead.

Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end lewson tapping display. Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard. Tap as fast as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string.