“My Friends” by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

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Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Composer – RHCP w/ Dave Navarro

Where to find this song – One Hot Minute track # 4

Release Date – September 1995

The Band:

Anthony Keidas – vocals

Flea – bass

John Frusciante ( not with the band on this album ) / Dave Navarro – guitar

Chad Smith – drums

The Bio:

Few rock groups of the ’80s broke down as many musical barriers and were as
original as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Creating an intoxicating new musical
style by combining funk and punk rock together (with an explosive stage show,
also), the Chili Peppers spawned a long line of imitators in their wake,
but still managed to be the leaders of the pack by the dawn of the 21st century.

Guitar 1

Begin the first measure by placing your 2nd finger on the second fret on the “G” string.
Place your 3rd finger on the third fret on the “B” string. Play the
open notes according to the tablature, and then use your 3rd finger for the
third fret on the “D” string. Play that note, and then play the “G” string
open once. You will need to hammer-on to the third fret. A hammer-on is when
you go from a lower note to a higher note, only striking the first note(s).
Use your 2nd finger for the second fret on the “G” string. Now, keep
your fingers where they are, and use your 4th finger to play the third fret
on the “B” string. End the measure by playing the third fret with
the same finger that is in place right now – your 3rd finger.

For the second measure, you will need to use your 2nd finger for the second
fret on the “A” string. Notice that usually you will try to match
up your finger number with the number on the fret, if at all possible. For
example – 1st finger = first fret, 2nd finger = second fret. This sometimes
helps in remembering which finger to use where, though sometimes it isn’t possible.
Now, after you have placed your 2nd finger on the second fret on the “A” string,
place your 3rd finger on the third fret on the “B” string. Play the
open notes in between, and then use your 3rd finger to play the third fret
on the “A” string. That part feels a little tricky, but doing it
this way helps you through the measure. Play the “D” string open
once, and then hammer-on again onto the second fret with your 2nd finger. To
end the measure, you will need to alternate between your 2nd and 3rd fingers
to play this correctly, with all the open notes in between. Try to alternate
with your 2nd finger on the “D” string and your 3rd finger on the “G” string.

The third measure is in hindsight much like the first measure, so just try
to play accordingly, and if you have trouble, work again with the first measure
and find the small differences. There is no need to explain the little parts
here that change so subtley.

For the fourth measure, use your 2nd finger for the third fret on the “low
E” string. Use your 1st finger for the second fret on the “A” string,
and use your 3rd finger for the third fret on the “B” string. Play
that about twice, with a few open notes in between. Next, end the measure by
basically doing the same as you did at the end of the first measure, along
with the hammer-on, but end the measure by playing the third fret a few times
on the “B” string, instead of the third fret on the “D” string.


Guitar 2

For the first and second measures on this part, the playing and arrangement
is the same, so just make adjustments to the number of notes being played for
the frets and open strings.

For the third measure, the only real noticeable difference between it and
the first measure of the same part, is that you will need to end the measure
by playing the second fret on the “G” string. Looking at the tablature
will help you with that. Just remember to keep all of your fingers as close
to the same arrangement as you learned before if possible.

For the fourth measure, play the beginning of it just as you did in the beginning
of the second measure. Next, though, instead of performing the hammer-on, you
will need to play the third frets on the “low E” string and the “A” string,
and slide it to the fifth frets on the same strings. Use your 1st finger for
this. End the measure by playing the third frets on the same strings again,
and then allow the “D” string and the “G” string to remain
open.


Here’s what both guitars sound like together:



Riff Resources

Complete Transcription To “My Friends” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “My Friends” (Power
Tab)