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John Frusciante Style Lesson

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC! Today we will talk about the great guitar player and composer John Frusciante. What to say… He has recorded lots of great song and solos with his band Red Hot Chili Pepers. When I listen to his solos I have the same feeling than when I listen to Slash (GNR era) solos. I think that he choose the best notes at every moment. He has not a incredible technique but he creates beautiful melodies in every solo, and for me, this is the most important thing. I don’t care if you play millions of notes in a second or one note, I just want to hear beautiful music.
    When Californication album was realised I learnt all the guitar parts and solos and I discovered that John has an interesting way to create melodies. Every time that he begins a phrase he does it with a chord note (of the backing track) and he ends it also with a chord note. This means that most of the time he is playing arpeggios (chord notes) when he is soloing.
    I composed this solo inspired in Frusciante using some of his most used licks and style of bending.

    Chord Progression:
    Am – F – Am – G – Am – G – Am – G – D F – C G – Am – F – Am – F – D F – C G –

    Tempo: 100 bpm

    Enjoy!

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