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Throughout the 1990s, there weren’t too many modern artists that could be considered guitar heroes. Although the grunge movement still had the guitar at the forefront of the stereo mix, it was more about the noise one could extract from it rather than the technical finesse that went into playing every single note. For all of the fretboard gunslinging going on in the 1980s, John Frusciante carried on his signature flash into the next generation.
Filling in for Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak, Frusciante was known for bringing an element of musical sophistication whenever he strapped on a guitar. Equally influenced by the likes of Parliament/Funkadelic as he was with Frank Zappa, every one of Frusciante’s lead breaks practically felt like him speaking through his guitar, featuring various modal centres throughout their runtime.
For all of the incredible flash he could put into his solos, Frusciante always admired the new school of guitar players coming up in his wake. Talking about his favourite modern artists, Frusciante first waxed poetic about Ty Segall. Working with various outfits throughout his career, Frusciante would single out his album Twins as one of his favourite modern albums.
When discussing Segall’s technique, Frusciante told frusciante-red-hot-chili-peppers-favorite-modern-day-guitarists” title=””Guitar World, “He’s so good at making the instrument and the amplification respond to his feelings – you never know what it’s gonna sound like next. His playing has that deceptive ‘careless’ quality that can only actually be done by people who are so intense as souls”.
Outside of the singer-songwriter world, Frusciante also gravitated towards