When I first joined the band when I was 18, Flea and Anthony called me up. I kept really cool when I was on the phone with them and I hanged off the phone and I screamed; I’M IN THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
—  John Frusciante talking about joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

I’m formally self-taught. I taught myself, but I know how to read music, write for orchestra, write for horns. I learned form the Frank Zappa Guitar Book, which is a bunch of transcriptions that Steve Vai did. I would compare that to the albums. They’re the most complicated rhythmic structures possible. Through the process of elimination I figured out how to do it. I was very compelled. I don’t think it’s necessary to take lessons. Nobody is going to teach you anything that’s going to make you a good guitar player. It has to come from playing a lot. As long as you play all the time, night and day, and music is all you think about, you’re going to be a great musician. It doesn’t matter how much knowledge you have abou theory. It just matters that you’re truly dedicated and that you totally love music. ”

- John Frusciante


“Omar Rodríguez helped me a lot. When I met him he came from a punk scene, but he liked to do things solo, play very fast, stuff I could do. That gave me the courage to put out that part of me to be able to create guitar solos that really exposed that emotional side; I was able to find the way to do it without getting too carried away, but also without setting myself any limits.” (John Frusciante)