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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Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. 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.

However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style. However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once. Sliding Taps This one rules!

Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. 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.

Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: Tremolo Before you start on any of the lfsson exercises in this lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. This is not a difficult exercise, as long as you can tap fast.

Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Lessin style. For it to work properly, I hold my pick arched inside my middle nuckethead, like I discussed in my lesson on holding picks when tapping.


OK, in case the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead. This is difficult to show as a tab Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap.

Try adding an octaviser to make a really weird robot sound.

A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and B everyone has their own individual style of playing. The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become.

Buckethead lesson tab?

Then, I use my index finger to tap the A string and my ring finger to tap the B string. Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking. Trust me, your elbow will fall off. 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.

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. Remember all of these exercises can bucketheadd played anywhere on the neck, on any strings. All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a compresser ideally.

This sounds really frenzied. Also, try leeson to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard. Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout.


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

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

While his outrageous catalog of more than bhckethead 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.

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Try to think of all speed solos like this – a collection of fast licks rather than one massive section. 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.

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.

Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow.