15 Easy Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs To Play On Guitar (+TABS!)

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If you’re searching for some easy Red Hot Chili Peppers songs to learn and play on guitar, don’t worry – you’ve come to the right place! In today’s article, I’m going to highlight some of their easiest and coolest tunes.

RHCP is a truly amazing band. The LA-based group released 11 studio albums so far, which means that they have a lot of songs that you can try out. What’s more, some of their tracks are actually really simple to play! Although the unique style of John Frusciante is not that easy to imitate, I’m sure that you’ll have a lot of fun while practicing these songs.

Check out the list of songs with tabs below. If you don’t like learning on your own, I also included video lessons under the table. Grab your guitar and let’s get to practice!

15 Easy RHCP Songs – List

Red Hot Chili Peppers – OthersideTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – CalifornicationTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Road TrippingTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The BridgeTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t StopTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – My FriendsTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani CaliforniaTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The WayTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Zephyr SongTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Wet SandTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Rivers Of AvalonTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark NecessitiesTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – AeroplaneTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Funky MonksTABS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh)TABS

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1. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside

Otherside is one of the most popular songs written by Red Hot Chili Peppers. And what’s interesting, it’s actually really easy to play! Whether you want to learn that iconic intro or the full song from start to finish, the lesson above will definitely help you achieve that.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

Californication is another example of a massive hit which doesn’t require any intermediate skills to play. To be honest, this tune features one of the easiest riffs in the whole discography of RHCP.

I’m sure that you’ll have a lot of fun once you figure out how to play that iconic riff. I highly recommend checking out the lesson above – it explains everything very thoroughly.

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Road Tripping

Road Tripping sounds best on an acoustic guitar, but of course you can also play it on an electric guitar. This song comes from their Californication (1999) album and it features a really cool fingerstyle pattern. If you want to practice playing with your fingers rather than with a guitar pick. this song will be perfect for you!

Although this song may sound complicated, it’s actually pretty easy. That’s why I encourage you to spend some time and practice it. There are a lot of different songs that use the same fingerstyle pattern, so once you master it, it will be really beneficial for your future growth as a guitarist.

4. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge

I have to admit that Under The Bridge is one of my favorite songs by Red Hot Chili Peppers. John Frusciante’s guitar part in the verse is so iconic! And although it sounds really complex for beginners, it’s actually not that bad.

My advice – try to play the chords first and then add all of the hammer-ons and pull-offs. Although these additions define Frusciante’s style, they may be really tricky if you’re an amateur. That’s why you should take things slowly and spice it all up once you become more confident with the guitar!

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop

Can’t Stop by Red Hot Chili Peppers is an another extremely popular song. Although it’s not the easiest track on today’s list, it’s definitely worth learning. I think that this song particularly highlights the Frusciante’s style.

The lesson above features guitar tabs, so it should be really helpful during your learning process. Try to play these notes slowly. The biggest challenge here is that you have to basically strum all the strings and play just one note at once. So you’ll have to figure out how to smoothly mute the rest of strings with your left hand.

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers – My Friends

My Friends is not as popular as some of the biggest hits by Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it’s still a really beautiful song. This ballad sounds best on an acoustic guitar and it requires only a basic knowledge of chords. All of the hammer-ons and pull-offs may be tricky at the beginning, but I’m sure that you’ll be able to figure out pretty quickly.

I highly recommend checking out the lesson above – it explains everything in a lot of detail and there are chord diagrams included.

7. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California

Another massive hit by RHCP! Dani California is really easy and fun to play. In fact, the song mainly consists of really simple power chords. The solo parts by John Frusciante may be a little bit more troubling, but I’m sure that you’ll be able to get there with after a few hours of practice.

Anyway, it’s a great tune! I think it’s a must for any guitarist who loves the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

8. Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way

By The Way is another example of an uncomplicated RHCP song that sounds absolutely amazing. I think that learning this tune will definitely boost your speed and accuracy levels. It may seem challenging at the beginning, but you’ll see that it’s actually pretty straightforward. The guitar lesson above explains everything in a lot of detail, so make sure to check it out.

9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Zephyr Song

The Zephyr Song is a really cool song that comes from By The Way album released by Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2002. It’s not too complicated and it only involves the use of single notes and basic chords. I think that it’s great for beginners, so you can try it out even if you’re an amateur. The lesson above will definitely help you with figuring it out!

10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Wet Sand

Wet Sand comes from RHCP’s Stadium Arcadium album released in 2006. It’s an another example of a relatively easy Red Hot Chili Peppers song that’s suitable for beginner guitarists. In addition, it proves that simplicity is crucial in music.

Although this track features only a simple chord progression, it still sounds awesome! The lesson above will definitely help you with figuring out how to play it.

11. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Rivers Of Avalon

For those who don’t know, Rivers of Avalon a B-side of The Zephyr Song and it wasn’t included on any of the albums. If you’re looking for easy Red Hot Chili Peppers songs to learn and play on your guitar, this is definitely one the songs that you should try out first. The intro riff in here is just awesome!

Frusciante used a vibrato pedal for that tune, but even if you don’t have this kind of gear, you can still practice it! The whole song is great, so I encourage you to find it and listen to it in full.

12. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities

Time for something newer! Since most of songs on today’s list come from old RHCP albums, it would also be great to learn something more fresh. The Dark Necessities comes from their latest album The Getaway from 2016. And although John Frusciante wasn’t a part of the band at that time, there are some really cool licks in there.

Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced John, did a fantastic job on this track. Check out the guitar lesson above, you won’t be disappointed!

13. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Aeroplane

Aeroplane is a really cool song that comes from RHCP’s sixth album called One Hot Minute. Although this tune is not as popular as their biggest hits, it’s still a really cool and interesting song to learn. In addition, it’s not too complicated! The guitar lesson above includes the tabs, so feel free to check it out.

14. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Funky Monks

Another older, but really cool song by Red Hot Chili Peppers. The track was a part of their fifth album Blood Sugar Sex Magik from 1995. Again, this song is not widely popular but it’s definitely worth learning – there is a few cool guitar licks in there.

15. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh)

Snow is not that easy to learn, but I think that it’s always good to pursue even the most challenging tracks. I think that everyone knows this song – it’s a massive hit by Red Hot Chili Peppers and it features one of the most iconic RHCP riffs of all time.

If you’re an amateur, playing it smoothly will take some time and it won’t be simple. Nevertheless, here’s my advice – start with playing it very slowly. Don’t worry about the fast pace, just try to hit every single note. In time, you’ll be able to play it at full speed. And if you learned it – congrats, it’s a big milestone!

How to achieve RHCP tone on guitar?

If you want to get the classic Red Hot Chili Peppers tone, you need a really clean and bright guitar sound. If you have a Stratocaster – that’s great! It’s one of the favorite guitars of John Frusciante. But the truth is that John has a wide selection of his own tones, which include the use of various guitar pedals (overdrive, chorus, delay and wah).

Check out this great video below to see what effects you should use to sound exactly like John Frusciante.

What makes John Frusciante special?

He’s an extremely talented and versatile musician. His unique guitar playing style is filled with emotions. Undoubtedly, he’s one of the most iconic guitarists on today’s rock music scene. And what’s interesting, he’s a self-taught artist, which is really inspiring.

What guitar scales does Frusciante use on RHCP records?

John Frusciante usually uses minor pentatonic, mixolydian, dorian and blues scales.

Summary

As you can see, there are a lot of cool and easy songs by Red Hot Chili Peppers that you can play on your own guitar. The band is planning to release a new album soon, so that means that there will be more songs for us to play! Make sure to follow RHCP on Instagram to stay up to date with their latest announcements.

Don’t worry if you can’t play these songs yet – it all takes time. Feel free to come back to this article from time to time to track your progress. You’ll see that things will become much more easier after a few weeks of practice!

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