A John Frusciante-Style Guitar Lesson
I consider myself to be extremely fortunate in that I've had the opportunity to interview John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers, solo artist, etc.) in-person, three different times between the years 1999-2002. These interviews were conducted at Frusciante's former residence at a certain well-known hotel on the Sunset strip, and at different Red Hot Chili Peppers' rehearsal studios. (Frusciante also granted me numerous "follow-up" interviews, whereby he allowed me to contact him by phone.) These interviews, which contain information many Frusciante fans (myself included!) consider to be highly revelatory and illuminating, were published in Guitar One magazine as cover stories, all of which are still available as back issues:
Guitar One: August 1999
Guitar One: April 2001
Guitar One: January 2003
Out of all the guitar players I've gotten the chance to interview, I have to say that these Frusciante interviews have been my favorites. It was great to be in the same room, totally one-on-one, talking with a person as perpetually inspired as John, who clearly has dedicated every ounce of his being to music, art, and creativity in general. Each interview, in my opinion, showcases a different aspect of John's greatnessthe personal sacrifices he's made to get where he is today as a musician (Red Hot Once Again!), his integrity, purity, and uniqueness as an artist (A Chili Pepper Goes Pop!), and his understanding of music theory and how it assists his creative guitar playing (Play Like a Pepper!). In fact, the most recent John Frusciante cover story to appear in Guitar One (Play Like a Pepper!) is, in my opinion, one of the ULTIMATE opportuinties to get inside this picker's head, at least from a playing and theoretical standpoint. Every guitarist who's struggling to "connect the dots" between the physical act of playing and the spiritual side of self-expression (improvisation, composition, musical interaction, etc.) should read it!
Prior to this John Frusciante Lesson issue's on-sale date, Guitar One provided the Red Hot Chili Peppers official site with PDF versions of some of this lesson's pages. I've taken the liberty of posting direct links to them here. As far as the lesson's musical figures go (all TAB and standard notation), all the exercises, licks, rhythm guitar passages, scale fingerings, etc. seem to be there! Meanwhile, the MP3 audio files for this lesson (all the "light blue" links below) were actually played on G1's web site by li'l 'ol me! I hope you like!!!
|For text and musical figures see PDF #1 and PDF #2|
[Fig. 2] E7b9 to Am (frames)
[Figs. 3A-B] E9sus4 to Cmaj7(frames)
[Fig. 4] I Could Die For You Chords
[Fig. 5] Modal Progression
[Figs 6A-B] A Mixolydian vs. A Major
[Figs. 7A-B] A Dorian vs. A Minor
[Fig. 8] A Dorian Linear Pattern
[Figs 9A-B] G Natural Minor vs. C Dorian
[Fig. 10A] A Dorian in Single Notes Along One String
[Fig. 10B] A Dorian in 3rds Along Two Strings
[Fig. 10C] A Dorian in 10ths Along Two Strings
[Fig. 11A] Basic Barre Chords in C-G-Am-F Progression
[Fig. 11B] C-G-Am-F Progression Implied w/10ths
[Fig. 12] Improvisation Using 6ths Intervals
[Fig. 13A] A Dorian, Harmonized Using 7th Chords
[Fig. 13B] A Dorian, Harmonized Using 6th Chords
[Fig. 14] Hendrix-Style Rhythm Figure in C-G-Am Progression
[Fig. 15A] C7#9 Funky Scratches (w/partial fretting)
[Fig. 15B] C7#9 Funky Scratches (standard L.H. muting)
[Fig. 16A] Reggae Chords & Strumming Groove
[Fig. 16B] Funk Chord (C7#9) & Strumming Groove
[Fig. 17] Fingerstyle Funk, à la Mellowship Slinky
[Fig. 18] Fingerstyle Funk, à la Funky Monks
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Meanwhile, here are some links to two Red Hot Chili Peppers books I wrote a while ago:
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Guitar Signature Licks
Performed by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. For guitar. Includes instructional
book (song exerpts only) and examples CD. With guitar tablature, standard
notation, vocal melody, lyrics, chord names, instructional text, performance
notes, guitar notation legend and introductory text. Funk rock, alternative
rock, hard rock and instructional. Series: Hal Leonard Signature Licks.
70 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.695173)
See more info...
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Bass Signature Licks
Performed by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. For bass guitar. Includes instructional
book (song exerpts only) and examples CD. With bass tablature, standard
notation, chord names, instructional text, performance notes, bass
notation legend and introductory text. Funk rock, alternative rock, hard
rock and instructional. Series: Hal Leonard Signature Licks. 56 pages. 9x12
inches. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.695285)
See more info...
And, for entertainment
purposes only, here's a link to a John Frusciante cover (Mascara)
I did in early 2001 for an internet-based tribute album that never materialized.
WARNING: It's raw as hell, recorded on the crappiest acoustic I own,
played live into a single mic. For the curious, this is the same
cover version I had posted on the famed Poppy Men website a couple
years ago (now offline). Hopefully I don't get busted for putting this up here....
Select John Frusciante Links:
John Frusciante sites @ Art Directory
Movement - John Frusciante
containing everything about John Frusciante, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' guitarist
and solo artist: a well-updated news log with archives, articles, gallery with
many pictures, downloadable media, wallpapers, discography, gigography,
lyrics and misc info on mr. Frusciante.
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