Buckethead Style Tapping

by Ben Higgins

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  • Welcome to my new lesson. The focus this time is on Buckethead's unique tapping approach, which uses six fingers to achieve a disorientating chromatic flurry of notes. Sometimes called nubbing (I have no idea why), this technique is atonal in nature, meaning it doesn't follow any scale. It can be moved around the neck anywhere and you can combine any combination of notes. Once learned, the freedom of this technique is a lot of fun to play with.

    This lesson is intended as an induction into this technique so although it has a low (kind of) difficulty rating it is quite challenging to learn. The slow speeds we are dealing with are intended to drill the movements required for this technique but you would then take these movements and speed them up over time to get the true effect.

    This technique is meant to be played with the first three fingers of the tapping hand so you will need to learn how to hide the pick out of the way and tuck it between your thumb and hand. Alternatively you could not hold a pick at all whilst you practise it but if you intend to be able to use this in your playing then it's worth learning a bit of pick hiding trickery.


    E A D G B E - Standard Tuning
    E minor (although lead guitar is not scale or key specific)
    Ibanez RG7421, Overloud TH3, Cubase, Superior Drummer 2
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