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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Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick.

All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a compresser ideally. Hope this helps you: Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards. Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break.

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Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm. This sounds really frenzied. Anyway, here’s a lessson sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap. Trust me, your elbow will fall off. Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. Then, I use my index finger to tap the A string and my ring finger to tap the B string. Lfsson ‘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.

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.

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. Tremolo Before you start on any of the other exercises in this lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking.


Mixing natural minor and whole tone sounds with utter disregard for the traditional expectations of the listener, Buckethead is a leswon of intrigue, transporting you through a vortex of multi-finger oesson tapping arpeggios and sensually massaged bends, all the lessom standing stoically above you, as if this is just another day in the land of Buckethead.

Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it. However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style.

Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead. In this lesson, I’ll show you several Buckethead-like exercises, and then put them all together to make a lesso lick in the bickethead of Buckethead.

The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become. OK, in case bucketbead title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead. Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one.

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

Solo like Buckethead lesson

Remember, this is just buckethesd example, extend it and play around with it It sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually your just moving down a simple box shape. This is difficult to show as a tab However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once.

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This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E minor pentatonic scale: Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips. You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in bucmethead lesson. And we don’t want anyone losing any arms Sliding Taps This one rules!

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.

This is not a difficult exercise, as long as you can tap fast. Once again, strict alternate picking is required for this.

Once you get that mastered, you’re 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 lessn.

Buckethead lesson tab?

Alternate Picking Lesson all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is 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. Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: