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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And we don’t want anyone losing any arms Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards. You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name. 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.

In this lesson, I’ll show you several Buckethead-like exercises, guckethead then put them all together to make a cool lick in the style of Buckethead.

This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. 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.

Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it. If you don’t, your shred will not be as good as it could be – buckerhead you’re playing a solo, you need to be able to speed up and slow down smoothly.

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Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. This is difficult to show as a tab Try adding an octaviser to make a really weird robot sound.

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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 buckethwad lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. However, play it however feels comfortable to you. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings.

Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: Trust me, your elbow will fall off.

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. It sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually your just moving down a simple box shape.

Remember, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become. Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking.


Once again, strict bucckethead picking is required for this. This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E minor pentatonic scale: If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged.

Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap.

All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker buckethwad and a compresser ideally. In the exercises, when tremolo picking is used, I’ve shown it by putting ‘tr’ above the note.

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.

Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break. Mixing natural minor and whole tone sounds with utter disregard for the traditional expectations buckethdad 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.


Once you get that mastered, buckethewd on your way. 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 lesspn. However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once. This will help you get used to the fast bucketuead action.

Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick. OK, in case 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. Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead.

Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips. Tap as fast as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string. You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. Guckethead sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of