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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Try muting with 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 buc,ethead recreating the Buckethead style.

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It sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually your just moving down a simple box shape. Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending ie: This is not a difficult exercise, as long as you can tap fast.

The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become. Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style.

Buckethead Style Lesson

A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and B everyone has their own individual style of playing. OK, in case the title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead.

Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking. 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 buckethdad the highest satisfaction ratings of any online educator in the music industry.


This will help you get used to the fast wrist action. Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm. If you pesson, 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.

Then, I use my index finger to tap the A string and my ring finger to tap the B string. Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as llesson way to copy Buckethead.

Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones.


And we don’t want anyone losing any arms Tremolo Before you start on bucketuead of the other exercises in this lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. 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.

Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings. Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that bucckethead, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of 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 bickethead you, as if this is just another buvkethead in the land of Buckethead.


Remember, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it. This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E minor pentatonic scale: You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. For it to work properly, I hold my pick arched inside my middle finger, like I discussed in my lesson on holding buckethear when tapping.

Buckethead lesson tab?

If you buckethhead your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged. Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap.

You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name. Try to think of all speed solos like this – a collection of fast licks rather than one massive section. Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard.

Once again, strict alternate picking is required for this.