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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Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style.

This will help you get used to the fast wrist action. Also, try not to worry about when the exact moment is that you should be tapping, just tap fast and move upwards, then downwards.


And we don’t want anyone losing any arms Try to buvkethead of all speed solos like this – a collection of fast licks rather than one massive section.

Then, I use my index finger to tap the A string and my ring finger to tap the B string. For it to work properly, I hold buckethwad pick arched inside my middle finger, like I discussed in my lesson on holding picks when tapping. Descending Lick Another good example of a typical Buckethead descending oesson Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard.

Make sure you always alternate fingers, so it’s like: If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged.

Please try to use them as an addition to your style rather than as a way to copy Buckethead. This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur.


It sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually your just moving down a simple box shape. Budkethead, play it however feels comfortable to you. Tap as fast as you can, like mega-fast, on one fret, eg, 17th on the B string.

Remember, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking. Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win.

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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. Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips. However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once. 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.


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 leswon the technique. Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break. The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will become.


Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be able to pick fast and accurately. Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones.

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All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and lesson compresser ideally. Sliding Taps This one rules! Trust me, your elbow will fall off. This is not a difficult exercise, as long as you can tap fast.

I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. 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 sounds really frenzied. 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 should pick fast the same as oesson you pick slow. Remember all of these exercises can be played anywhere on the neck, on any strings.