Ballad of Buckethead (solo) by Buckethead
from Monsters and Robots


tabbed by Roberto Toscano

this is the solo for the Ballad of Buckethead, I wanted to break it down for the people
who are going to take a crack at it. it's full of interesting ideas that Big B has explored
before, but they still sound fresh on this song. the arpeggios are very cool, they spell
out an augmented shape that sounds very odd when played quickly. Buckethead approaches
these intervals a bit differently than Shawn Lane, for example. while Lane plays them
with one hand only, Buckethead prefers to play the major 3rd with the left hand and then
tap the augmented 5th with the right hand. this opens up his playing because he can then
also tap additional notes with ease. in this case, he extends the augmented shape further...
(try doing it with one hand only! not nice, it would be 10 14 18 22!!!) after the arpeggio
section, Buckethead goes into a multi-finger tapped sequence that is interesting, to say
the least..it's the whole tone scale being played with its intervals being displaced by a
tritone (I hope this clears things up... LOL) he then goes into a tapping slurring
frenzy that moves down chromatically... this transcription is not yet done, but let's see
how people handle it this far...robert
p.s. - email me with any comments or questions, thanks. toscky88@hotmail


 
|---------13----13-----------|-(13)----------------|
|-13b15------13------13b15---|-(13)b15-------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------|
|----------------------------|------------20b21----|

                 T                                   T  T  T        
|----------10h14-18-14p10-14p10----------------10-14-18-22-18-14-10-------|
|-------11----------------------11----------11----------------------11----|
|----12----------------------------12----12----------------------------12-|
|-12----------------------------------12----------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|


                 T                                   T  T  T
|----------10h14-18-14p10-14p10----------------10-14-18-22-18-14-10--------|
|-------11----------------------11----------11----------------------11-----|
|----12----------------------------12----12----------------------------12--|
|-12----------------------------------12-----------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|


                 T  T  T           T  T  T           T  T  T             T  T
|----------10h14-18-22-18-14p10h14-18-22-18-14p10h14-18-22-18-14p10S9h13-17-21-|
|-------11---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----12------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-12---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


   T 
|-17-13p9-13p9---------------|
|--------------11\-----------|
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|
|-------------------19b20----|


   T    T     T     T    T     T     T     T     T     T     T     T
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------17-11-19-13-21-15-|
|-----------------------------------16-10-18-12-20-14-------------------|
|------------------15-9-17-11-19-13-------------------------------------|
|-14-8-16-10-18-12------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|


   T     T     T     T     T     T     T     T     T     T     T     T 
|-18-12-20-14-22-16--------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------16-12-18-14-20-16-15-11-17-13-19-15--|
|-------------------15-11-17-13-19-15--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

   T     T     T              T  T              T  T  T
|-18-12-20-14-22-16-14-16-18-20-22-20-14-16-18-20-22-20-14-16-18-20-22-20-|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

   T  T  T                     ~~~~
|-13-15-17-19-21-19-12-14-16-18-20-18-(18)----*|
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