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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All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a compresser ideally. However, play it however feels comfortable to you. Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break.

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. Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm. This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur.

Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick. However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once. 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.

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. Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard. You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips.

And we don’t want anyone losing any arms This will help you get ,esson to the fast wrist action.

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. 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 lessno if you want to learn more.


Try running down any minor Pentatonic scale using alternate picking.


Tremolo Before you start on any of the other exercises in this lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead.

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. This is not a difficult exercise, as long as you can tap fast. Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards.

I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson. 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. Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style. If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged. Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be able to pick fast and accurately.

Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap. 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. 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. 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.

Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout.


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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.

However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style. A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and B everyone has their own individual style of playing. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow. This sounds really frenzied.

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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.

Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. Try to think of all speed solos like this – a collection of fast licks rather than one massive section.

This is difficult to show as a buckethear Trust me, your elbow will fall off. Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one.

Tap as fast as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string. Once you get that mastered, you’re on your way. The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become.

Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings. I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it. It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name.

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