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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 apart the methods of some of music’s most iconic guitar players, I’ve started to notice patterns–patterns that paint a bigger picture. For example, as if we needed any more evidence, triads are the root of all modern guitar playing, whether you understand music theory or not.

Another overlapping habit is the pursuit of memorable melodies, no matter the musical context. For example, Frusciante’s solo in "Can’t Stop" says more in a handful of notes than any solo I’ve ever written, and admittedly, playing with more melodic intention is one of the most difficult things to master.

The guitar greats do this with ease, however. See the video above for a full breakdown of John Frusciante’s guitar habits, and be sure to check out the full series of these types of lessons on my YouTube channel.

Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. His entertaining guitar-related content receives hundreds of thousands of video views on Facebook per month, and his online guitar courses tout more than 1,500 students with a cumulative 4.7 rating on Udemy. Get in touch with Tyler on Facebook, watch more of his guitar lessons and vlogs on YouTube, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.