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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Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break. 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. 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.

All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a compresser ideally.

Try muting bucketheae the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style.

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. For it to work properly, I hold my pick arched inside my middle finger, bucketjead I discussed in my lesson on holding picks when tapping.

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. Remember, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it This is difficult to show as a tab Try running down any minor Pentatonic scale using alternate picking.

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I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain buckethed. Please try to use bckethead as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead.

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

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. Once again, strict alternate picking is required for this. 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. If you don’t, your shred will not be as good as it could be – when you’re playing a solo, you need to bbuckethead able to speed up and slow down smoothly.

Buckethead lesson tab?

Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style. A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and B everyone has their own individual style of playing. Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick.

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

Tremolo Before you start on any of the other exercises in this lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name.


This is not a difficult exercise, as long as you can tap fast. OK, in case the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead. Hope this helps you: It sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually your pesson moving down a simple box shape. The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become. Try adding an octaviser to make a really weird robot sound. In the exercises, when tremolo picking is used, I’ve shown it bucktehead putting ‘tr’ above the note.

However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once. In this lesson, I’ll show you several Buckethead-like exercises, and then put them all buckehead to make a cool lick in the style of Buckethead. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings. It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: If you’ve never seen it before, Bukcethead 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.

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I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow. Descending Lick Another buckerhead example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: