Californication Riff

Alright - now, the fun part! Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is a great tune to cap off this lesson with. We’re going to be focusing on the bare-bones version of the riff for now, but there’s still plenty for you to get out of it. It features the Am and F barre chord shapes, and it will help you to pick out individual notes.

For the first part of the riff, you’re going to be using the Am chord shape. From there, you’re going to use the F barre chord shape - sort of. You’re only going to be fretting the thickest string with the 1st finger, so you need to be very careful not to mute the rest of the strings as you’ll need to pick them! This is a good way to practice curving your 1st finger in the barre chord shape, too (like we talked about when we first learned the F barre chord). This is HARD to do, so if you’re struggling with it, don’t worry - it's GREAT practice! 

Practice the riff slowly at first, but don’t get frustrated if it takes some getting used to. You’ll have to figure out what feels comfortable for you and your hand. If you want, you can work in the chords, too - C, G, F, and Dm - but really try to nail that riff!