Road Trippin Guitar Lesson

Road Trippin’ by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers (Guitar Lesson)

This is the full guitar lesson for Road Trippin'.

Road Trippin' appears on the Red Hot Chilli Pepper's greatly successful album 'Californiacation'. The song was released as their fifth and final single from the album and although it didn't reach the top of charts in most countries, it did make it to number one in Poland.

Despite this, the song has gone on to be widely successful, very well-known and an immensely popular one to learn among intermediate fingerpicking guitarists.

Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Road Trippin'!

Song Details:

  • Bpm - 101
  • Key - E minor
  • Difficulty - Intermediate 

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Road Trippin' Guitar Lesson - Intro/Verse

The intro/verse is really just three chords - Em, C and B. The trickiest part to really anchor down is the thumb, if you can get that down the rest should come reasonably easily. Therefore, I recommend isolating the thumb first, getting the rhythm of it really secure and then bring in the remaining notes.

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Matjaz left a comment on 7th November 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you for your lessons, I’ve picked up two of them for now. After I’ve finally got the first part to sound similar as you the rest went smoothly ( for a beginner 😉

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 7th November 2018 at 11:09 pm

      It’s a pleasure. Road Trippin’ is pretty difficult I’d say, if you can master it you’re doing very well.

  2. Tom left a comment on 16th December 2019 at 6:39 am

    Brilliant lesson, Chris! Thanks for all your hard work and great teaching style – the best on the web for me and thousands of others 🙂

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 19th December 2019 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks a lot Tom.

  3. Chris left a comment on 24th February 2020 at 5:11 am

    Hey man. Stumbled on your work several days ago and I’m well on my way to picking up this tune. I grew up loving this song but it always fell into the ‘never be able to play’ pile. I love your segmented approach to instructing, makes it way less intimidating. If things keep going well I’ll buy in for sure, it’s obvious you work pretty hard at this so thanks.

    -Chris from Alberta

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 25th February 2020 at 11:11 am

      Hey Chris, thanks for your message, I’m really pleased you enjoy the lessons. I hope I can continue to help you grow as a player.

  4. Jeff left a comment on 27th November 2020 at 7:33 pm

    The video repeatedly refers to the tab being one click away but no longer appears to be here. Is it still available?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 3rd December 2020 at 3:06 pm

      Sadly it recently got removed due to copyright, it’ll be back soon but won’t be free anymore.

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