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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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.

Bucksthead sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually your just moving down a simple box shape. Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style.

Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards.


Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: 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. Try adding an octaviser to make a really weird robot sound.

Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: This is difficult to show as a tab This will help you get used to the fast wrist action. You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name. 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. Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick. This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E minor pentatonic scale: Trust me, your elbow will fall off.


Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking. Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate bckethead throughout. Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win.

Once you get that mastered, you’re on your way. Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: Once again, strict alternate picking is required for this. I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it.

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A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and Leszon everyone has their own individual style of playing. 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. However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style. Make sure you’re moving your hand, buckethesd your whole arm.

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

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However, play it however feels comfortable to you. 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. OK, in lessonn the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead.

Buckethead buckethfad a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard. 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.


lessson Hope this helps you: Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings. For it to work properly, I hold my pick lwsson inside my middle finger, like I discussed in my lesson on holding picks when tapping. If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged. It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one.

Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be lesxon to pick fast and accurately.

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

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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. Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead.

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. His lesspn 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.

Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips. However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once.