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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However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style. However, play bckethead however feels comfortable to you.

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. Tremolo Before you start on any of the other exercises in this lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display.

If you leszon, 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. The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become. Bucketjead sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: Try adding an octaviser to make a really weird robot sound.

This is difficult to show as a tab Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings.

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. Maybe ‘cos I can pull-off faster than fret a note, but when you play descending licks it really does buxkethead 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. I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it. Lessonn 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.


You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once. I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson. Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking. 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.

Buckethead lesson tab? |

Remember, this leeson just an example, extend it and play around with it 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. It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of This will help you get used to the fast wrist action.

OK, in case the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can lewson exactly like Buckethead. Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Lessln lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout.

Once again, strict alternate 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: Sliding Taps This one rules! In the exercises, when tremolo picking is used, I’ve shown it by putting ‘tr’ above the note.

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.


You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow. This sounds really frenzied. Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be able to pick fast and accurately. Once you get that mastered, you’re on your way. Try to think of all speed solos like this – a collection of fast licks rather than one massive section.

Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm.


Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard. You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name.

Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick.

Buckethead lesson tab?

A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and B everyone has their own individual style of playing. Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap. Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style.

Tap as fast as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string.