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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Buckethead lesson tab?

You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow. Try running down any minor Pentatonic scale using alternate picking. I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it. 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.

You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style. Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead.

Buckethead Style Lesson

Lesdon 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. This is difficult to show as a tab Once you get that mastered, you’re on your way. And we don’t want anyone losing any arms Tap as fast as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string. 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.



The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become. Hope this helps you: Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick. This sounds really frenzied. Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout. Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style.

Trust me, lsson elbow will fall off. Try to think of all speed solos like this – a collection of fast licks rather than one massive section. OK, in case the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. Maybe ‘cos I can pull-off faster than fret a note, but when you play descending licks lexson really does sound like your doing a lot more than you are.

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In the exercises, when tremolo picking is used, I’ve shown it by putting ‘tr’ above the note. Bucketheac, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm. If you don’t, your shred will not be as good as leson could be – when you’re playing a solo, you need to be able to speed up and slow down smoothly.

It sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually your just moving down a simple box shape. Anyway, bbuckethead a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap. This will help you get used to the fast wrist action.


I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson. All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a compresser ideally. Try adding an octaviser to make a really guckethead robot sound.

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. 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. Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking. Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break.

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.

Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards. This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E minor pentatonic scale: Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips.

This is not a difficult exercise, as long as you can tap fast.