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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Tremolo Before you start on any of the other exercises in this lesson I’d recommend working on your tremolo picking. Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be able to pick fast and accurately. And we buckethear want anyone losing any arms You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow. I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it.

Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead. Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick.

Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. Maybe ‘cos I can pull-off faster than fret a lessin, but when you play descending licks it really does sound like your doing a lot more than you are.

OK, in case buckrthead title of these lessons is misleading, no one can solo exactly like Buckethead. This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style.


If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged.

Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm. Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index lesskn middle finger to tap. 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 buckehtead land of Buckethead.

Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break. However, play it however feels comfortable to you. You can’t bukethead any faster than tremolo picking on one note.

Sliding Taps This one rules!

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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.

Remember, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it 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.

Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere bucketthead the neck, on any strings.

This is difficult to show as a tab Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards.



Try adding an octaviser to make a really weird robot sound. However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once. All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a compresser ideally. Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips. Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones.

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His entertaining and educational content receives millions buckethrad 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. Try running down any minor Pentatonic scale using alternate picking. Trust me, your elbow will fall off.

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.

Once you get that mastered, you’re on your way. Tap as fast as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string. It sounds like your shredding all buckwthead the place when actually your just moving down a simple box shape. This sounds really frenzied. In the exercises, when tremolo picking is used, I’ve shown it by putting ‘tr’ above the note.