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.
Road Trippin' was written after John Fruscianti (guitarist), Anthony Kiedis (singer) and Flea (bassist) took a surfing road trip along the Pacific Highway, shortly after Fruscianti had rejoined the band. The song is entirely acoustic and features no drums throughout.
- Recorded - 1999
- Released - 18th November 2000
- Bpm - 101
- Key - E minor
- Only released as a single in Europe
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 only then bring in the remaining notes. Once you do get the thumb rock solid the remaining notes fall in-between.
I personally use my thumb (t) to play all the bass notes, my 1st finger (i) to play the B string and my 2nd finger (m) to play the high E string. You may find getting the rhythm down complicated too, especially if you can't read rhythmic notation. If you can't, then I strongly recommend learning how either via a teacher or another means.
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