Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Try out Rockschool’s cool Grade 2 arrangement of this red hot track from the LA funk rockers
One of RHCP’S most popular tracks, Californication begins with an interplay between Flea’s bassline and guitarist John Frusciante’s arpeggios. Note the use of 9th intervals on these chords reflecting the influence of Jimi Hendrix’ soul rhythm style. The 9th intervals are a B note in the A minor chord and a G in the F chord: identifiable thanks to being open strings.
The strumming starting in bar 7 needs to be rock solid, so practise slowly and try to feel the pulse. Many players keep time by tapping their feet or nodding their head – making the pulse physical really helps.
Bar 15 features the first part of Frusciante’s solo. There are only three string bends but they’re a key feature. Focus on nailing the timing of the up/ down part of each bend and accurately hitting the pitch of each bend. Check your pitch by seeing if your bends match the equivalent fretted notes shown in brackets.