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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In the exercises, when tremolo picking is used, I’ve shown it by putting ‘tr’ above the note. I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson.

OK, buvkethead case the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead. Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick.

Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one.

Buckethead Style Lesson

This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E minor pentatonic scale: Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips. You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow. Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style. 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.

Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking.

This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. And we don’t want anyone losing any arms 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.

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His three-note-per-string huckethead 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. This is difficult to show as a tab Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout.

You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. Trust me, your elbow will buckethea off. Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap. Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Lesspn descending ie: However, I have made a bucketheda licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style.

Tremolo Before you start on any of the other exercises in this lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display.

Solo like Buckethead lesson

The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become. Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: This is not a difficult exercise, as long as you can tap fast.

Tap as fast as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string. 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.

Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever lessln. All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a compresser ideally. It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once.

Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be able to pick fast and accurately. 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.


oesson 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. Once you’ve got the tremolo picking down, smoothly hitting the lessoj string only, at a constant speed, you’ll be ready to move on to the next excerise.

Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm. A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and B everyone has their own individual style of playing. 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.

If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged. Hope this helps you: This sounds really frenzied. Once you get that mastered, you’re on your way. You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name.

Remember, this is just an example, extend it and bckethead around with it Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead. Sliding Taps This one rules! Once again, strict alternate picking is required for this. It sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually your just moving down a simple box shape.


Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings.

This will help you get used to the fast wrist action.