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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Once you get that mastered, you’re on your way.

Buckethead Style Lesson

I made ldsson up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson. Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap. Each tremolo picked note should be played for the same amount of buckkethead as it takes you to play all the other notes in the phrase, before you hit the next tremolo picked note.

Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: Bucketheac it to work properly, I hold my pick arched inside my middle finger, like I discussed in my lesson on holding picks when tapping. Try adding an octaviser to make a really weird robot sound. Once again, strict alternate picking is required for this. Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break. However, play it however feels comfortable to you.

Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout. Sliding Bucketheax This one rules!


Trust me, your elbow will fall off. 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.


It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and B everyone has their own individual style of playing. Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: 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.

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.

In this lesson, I’ll show you several Buckethead-like exercises, and then lessoj them all together to make a cool lick in the style of Buckethead. You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow.


There is already buckdthead great lesson with pictures on this site showing how to do the infamous ‘6-finger’ tap, so I’ll leave that out. Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick. This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings. 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. Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips.

The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become. 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.


Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style. Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. OK, in case the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead. If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged. Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win.

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

Buckethead lesson tab?

Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you buckethea be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards. You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. 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 bucketbead get a good close-up of the technique.

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