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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Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones.

Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards. Sliding Taps This one rules! Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s bucketnead 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.

Solo like Buckethead lesson

Hope this helps you: 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 buckkethead to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name.


However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style. Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips. 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 Buckethea.

Buckethead Style Lesson

Now, put the last lessonn exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout. Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your lrsson and middle finger to tap. This will help you get used to the fast wrist action. Trust me, your elbow will fall off. 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.

Buckethead lesson tab?

All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a lesosn ideally. Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick.

If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged. Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking. In the exercises, when tremolo picking is used, I’ve shown it by putting ‘tr’ above the note.


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.

Then, I use my index finger to tap the A string and my ring finger to tap the B string. Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. Once you get that mastered, you’re on your way.


A because Buckethead is the almighty grand master of guitar, and B everyone has their own individual style of playing. This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings.

This sounds really frenzied.

Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be able bucketheax pick fast and accurately. Try to think of all speed solos like this – a collection of fast licks rather than one massive section. You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow.