July 23, 2013 in Tips & Lessons

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue

californicationCalifornication was a turning-point album for Red Hot Chili Peppers. It marked the return of guitarist John Frusciante and a change in the band’s sound and style. The album contained a variety of themes, such as lust, death, suicide, drugs, travel, globalization, and California. One of the most successful songs on Californication was Scar Tissue.

About the Song

Scar Tissue was written by frontman Anthony Kiedis during guitarist John Frusciante’s return to the band. Frusciante had left the Chili Peppers in 1992 when he became uncomfortable with the bands epic success. In 1998, the Chili Peppers were coming off a huge disappointment from their album One Last Minute, which failed to live up to its predecessor, … Continue Reading

May 2, 2013 in Tips & Lessons

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge

imagesOne of the most iconic songs of the early 90s was Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge.” The words were written by Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Keidis, while the music was crafted by former guitar player John Frusciante. Like any modern rock star, Frusciante has an extensive collection of vintage guitars, however he is widely quotes as saying that his ’62 Stratocaster is by far his favorite. He plays his Fender Jaguar in the music video. This was the only guitar he owned when he joined the band.

One of the best things about learning this song for your Fender is that you can learn easier versions of most of the parts and then build up to the version Frusciante … Continue Reading