You have to tip your hat (or bucket) to people who are known by one name. It's even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of... series certainly does—in spades.
Buckethead is a mysterious genius who blends classic guitar sounds with some of the most otherworldly guitar sounds you've ever heard. While his outrageous catalog of more than 300 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.
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.
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.
Most importantly, try not to wear a bucket on your head, because I tried it, and it's really hard to play guitar that way.
Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. His entertaining and educational content receives millions of 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. Check out Tyler’s flagship course Guitar Super System and follow his daily content on YouTube.