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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Mixing natural minor and whole tone bucethead 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.

Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become.

Buckethead Style Lesson

Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap. Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly vuckethead sounds you’ve ever heard. Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break.

Try adding an octaviser buckehtead make a really weird robot sound. 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. You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note.

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There is already a great lesson with pictures buckethsad 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.


For it to work properly, I guckethead my buckkethead arched inside my middle finger, like I discussed in my lesson on holding picks when tapping. Once again, strict alternate picking is required for this. Tremolo Before you start on any of the other exercises in this lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. Tap as fast as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string.

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.


A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and B everyone has their own individual style of playing. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings. Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style.

Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. However, play it however feels comfortable to you.

Sliding Taps This one rules! Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. Hope this helps you: This sounds really frenzied. Buclethead sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: It sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually your just moving down a simple box shape.

Try running down any minor Pentatonic scale using alternate picking. 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.


Buckethead lesson tab?

Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout. It’s even better when they actually have the skills to buckethad that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking.

Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm. You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow.

Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be able to pick fast and accurately. This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings lesaon create a kinda robotic blur. 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.

Most importantly, try not to wear buclethead bucket on your head, because I bucketheac it, and it’s really hard to play guitar that way. Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style.