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HERE’S A CHANCE TO PLAY THE RED HOT CHILI’S ACOUSTIC DRIVEN SUMMER TRACK IN ALL ITS GLORY – IT’S A CLASSIC
Taken from the Red I lot Chili Peppers multi-platinum albums By The Way, Cabron shows off guitarist John Frusciante’s technique well, with some energetic and melodic acoustic playing.
With a capo lined at the 7th fret, the guitar is transformed into an entirely different-sounding instrument. The nature of the high register sound lends itself well to the folk-like sound of the mandolin, which John plays on to great effect throughout the verses. These sections will need a different picking approach to the bulk of the tune. This is became these ideas rely heavily on unison and pedal ideas, which are generally confined to only two or three strings.
The track is fairly relentless, with some particularly tricky fast picking that fits in between the strummed sections. You’ll also need to pay attention to the strumming patterns themselves, as they vary throughout the song.
John’s rich acoustic sound was achieved by miking up his acoustic guitar (we reckon it’s a Taylor) and adding compression to squeeze the maximum amount of sound without spiky dynamics. Bare in mind that as with John’s unique electric guitar sound, much of the sound he achieves from the acoustic is down to the way he actually picks the strings – i.e., very hard! STEVE ALLSWORTH