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How Eddie Van Halen Helped John Frusciante Score a Wah Pedal

Anyone who’s heard John Frusciante’s work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers knows the man loves the wah pedal. And not just any wah pedal but the Ibanez WH10, a pedal from the Eighties.The WH10 had a switch that adjusted the frequency range for use with guitars and basses, and it had a depth control to control the effect’s intensity.Unfortunately, the popular pedal was also made of plastic. And... …

Why (and How) We Should Learn John Frusciante’s Guitar Habits

If someone said you had stanky groove, should you take it as an insult or a compliment? I’ll give you a tip: as long as you have an instrument in your hands, you should feel honored.Innate melodic tendencies, simple yet effective rhythm guitar parts built from triads, and a low-down, dirty, filthy, stanky groove are the key habits of John Frusciante’s signature style.As I’ve continued to pick... …

Deconstructing John Frusciante’s “Scar Tissue” Riff

Released in 1999, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Scar Tissue” is one of the group’s most successful songs.The track’s central guitar riff is played by John Frusciante, who uses roots and thirds to imply three chords: F, C and Dm. This economical approach allows him to define the song’s underlying chord structure while giving him the freedom to play melodically.In this Riff Deconstruction, Sean... …