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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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.

Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick.

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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. 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. Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap. And we don’t want anyone losing any arms Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout.

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.

This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E minor pentatonic scale: Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. It sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually your just moving down a simple box shape.

You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. Remember, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged.

This sounds really frenzied. I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it. 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 lessoon you want to learn more. You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow. Ledson is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur.


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. 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. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings.

OK, in case the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead. Try adding an octaviser to make a really weird robot sound. I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson. Tremolo Before you start on any of the other nuckethead in this lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. Buckethdad running down any minor Pentatonic scale using alternate picking. 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 bucketheaf standing stoically above you, as if this is just another day in the land of Buckethead.


This is difficult to show as a tab All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker buckefhead and a compresser ideally. Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead.

This will help you get used to the fast wrist action. In this lesson, I’ll show you several Buckethead-like exercises, and then put them llesson together to make a cool lick in the style of Buckethead. Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style. 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.

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Once you get that mastered, you’re on your way. 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. However, play it however feels comfortable to you. Once again, strict alternate picking is required for this. 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 pesson the phrases is only played once.

Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard. In the exercises, when tremolo lessin is used, I’ve shown it by putting ‘tr’ above the note. Then, I use my index finger to tap the A string and my ring finger to tap the B string. Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break.

Hope this helps you: Each tremolo picked note should be played for the same amount of time as it takes you lessonn play all the other notes in the phrase, before you hit the next tremolo picked note. Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be able to pick fast and accurately. Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards.

A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and B everyone has their own individual style of playing.