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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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Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap. Once you get that mastered, you’re on your way.

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Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string skips. Maybe ‘cos I can pull-off faster than fret a bucktehead, but when you play descending licks it really does sound like your doing a lot more than you are. Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display.

This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E minor pentatonic scale: His entertaining and educational content receives millions buckkethead 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. For it to work properly, I hold my pick arched inside my middle finger, like I discussed in my lesson on buckethfad picks when tapping.

You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. The more licks you know, the faster and more varied your solos will nuckethead. If you change your picking action to go fast, it will sound unhinged.


This will help you get used to the fast wrist action. Try to think of all speed solos like this – a collection of fast licks budkethead than one massive section. If you don’t, your shred will not be as good as it could be – when you’re playing a solo, bucketheae need to be able to speed up and slow down smoothly.

You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow. Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout. Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you’ve ever heard.

And we don’t want anyone losing any arms 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. This is difficult to show as a tab I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson. Then, with the left hand, slide from 2nd to 14th fret and back again as fast as you can without a break.

Notice how the tremolo picked notes are thrown in to create an even faster sounding lick.

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However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once. Trust me, your elbow will fall off. This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that lrsson, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win.


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. bucketheda

Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in buckehtead classic Van Halen style. While his outrageous catalog of more than studio albums contains every guitar technique under the sun, an examination of his live playing has revealed some tendencies, some of which I’ll show you in this lesson.


It sounds like your shredding all over the place when actually your just moving down a simple box shape. Most importantly, try not to wear a buckethezd 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.