“Otherside” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Difficulty: Easy

Composer – RHCP (Keidas, Flea, Frusciante, Smith)

Where to find this song – Californication track # 4

Release Date – June 1999

The Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) is widely known for their adrenalized funk
music. The band teamed up with Rick Rubin, their producer from the “BloodSugarSexMagik” album,
again and launched a new wave of quirky funk songs to their catalog. The album
itself is amazing, and Keidas (singer) and company still have that charm that
everyone that had seen them loved with not only their albums, but their off-the-wall
live shows as well.

Main Riff



How To Play It

Part 1

This song is very simple to play, and is much in the format of a simple bass
riff.

To play this song, you will need to start with your 3rd finger and place it
on the “A” string on the seventh fret. Now, once you have done that,
keep in mind the timing of the song and you will have no problem with the first
measure at all. All you need to do is play that seventh fret two times with
a little double picking after the second time and then once pretty hard. That
is the first measure. Now, on the second measure, you just need to use your
4th finger higher one string, the “D” string, and play that two times
with a little double picking after the second time. The only real change in
this riff is when you go to the “G” string. That is next. To do this,
all you need to do is quickly go from that very last time you played the seventh
fret on the “A” string and hit the fourth fret on the “G” string.
It is recommended that you use your 1st finger because you will have to immediately
hit that seventh fret on the “A” string again with your 4th finger.
After you have done that, just use your 1st finger and play the fifth fret
on the “A” string and that measure is done as well.

Part 2

For the last two measures, all you will be doing is playing the seventh fret
on the “A” string just like the beginning with just a few more pickings
in between. The last measure is the same way, except on the fifth fret on the “A” string,
and on both of these last two measures it really doesn’t matter what fingers
you use ( It is recommended that you stick with your 3rd finger on the “A” string
on the seventh fret and your 1st finger on the fifth fret on the “A” string).
That was an easy lesson right?

Riff Resources

Complete Transcription To “Otherside” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “Otherside” (Power
Tab)