Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh) Guitar Lesson

In this Snow (Hey Oh) guitar lesson video, I will show you note-for-note how to play all of John Frusciante's great guitar parts to this massive hit by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Frusciante's main riff to "Snow (Hey Oh)" is quite challenging and is a great string crossing exercise. Even more impressive, Frusciante does a lot of harmony vocal work live while playing this riff.

Like I suggest in the video lesson, it will probably be better to just practice with one chord shape for the main riff until you have the pattern up to speed. Then you can begin applying that same pattern to all of the chords in the riff.

The pre-chorus consists of diads played on the A and B strings. The main difficulty will be in muting all the unwanted strings. I will demonstrate how I do that in the video lesson. I will also show you a couple of different ways to play this riff, one that he does live and one closer to the original studio version.

The chorus uses 3 chords in which John Frusciante plays the bass note on the low E string with his thumb. This is reasonably comfortable for two of the chords, but the second chord can be pretty challenging unless you have a very long thumb. You can simply play that chord like a normal bar chord as well, which is what you will see me do in the video lesson.

Later in the song there is a little arpeggio sequence overdubbed on the chorus. I will show you how to play that just in case you have a second guitarist that can play that part while one of you continues with the normal chorus chords.

At the end of the lesson I will show you how to play Frusciante's guitar solo albeit without all the harmonized parts. We will just be looking at the main unison bends he plays on the record and live.



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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh) Guitar Lesson


  1. Tim Gorman on December 27, 2018 at 7:38 am

    I’m already a Premium member, and Carl really is an exceptional teacher. Gives the correct knowledge without the ego! Great lesson for a great RHCP song!

  2. Daniel Satchell on May 29, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Hello Carl,

    I hope you are well.
    Just checking in that you got my email last week regarding The Red Hot Chilli Peppers track – Snow (Hey Oh).

    We would really appreciate it if you were able to provide us with the music sheet for which you used in your video for the main riff only.

    We will use this music sheet along with your demo video to learn. Happy “of course” to pay you for this time. Please advise 🙂


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