Wanted Dead Or Alive Guitar Lesson Videos – Bon Jovi

In this Wanted Dead Or Alive guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this legendary song by Bon Jovi in its entirety.

The tuning is standard tuning, E A D G B E. The acoustic guitar parts are played on a 12 string acoustic.

I will start the lesson video by demonstrating how to play that instantly recognizable intro. From there I will cover all the sections of the song in the order that they each appeared on the original recording. This includes grabbing my strat to show you how to play Richie Sambora's killer pinch harmonic fueled guitar solo!

By the way, if you don't know how to play pinch harmonics yet, just check out my lesson on how to play pinch harmonics on the guitar .

Thanks for watching! Carl..

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Wanted Dead Or Alive Guitar Lesson - Bon Jovi


  1. Glenn Axelson on August 18, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Thanks for the site good stuff from difficult passages
    How about more riffs like from Alice Cooper’s classic album
    there are some good lead passages in Poison, Hey stupid and Feed my Frankenstein
    Keep up the good work

  2. Chris on August 25, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Hi there.. nice wok, easy to follow. Any chance for some tabs ? There is a small section with the strumming in the verse I am not quite following.

    • Carl Brown on August 25, 2013 at 6:49 am

      Hey Chris, thanks for watching!

      Unfortunately, I am not legally allowed to post TABS for any song outside of the public domain. Hopefully you will be able to just follow along with the video to that part and quickly TAB it out for yourself.

      Wish I could help you out more. 🙁


  3. Chris on August 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    No worries thanks for the reply.. after many replays I finally got it. Very happy and it’s coming along nicely.

    Now working on the chorus… ur vid is really helpful, making a lot of progress after being stagnant on it for a couple of months.


  4. aungko on August 31, 2013 at 10:40 am

    very good lesson will learn more

  5. bobby crawford .england on November 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

    fantastic playing carl i have learnt some good stuff from your site
    thank you so mutch .check out my friends band they are rushtribute band called bravado .on you tube .you must type in rush tribute band bravado .once thank you for a fantastic site from a 59 year old rocker lol.my guitar is a prs santana se

  6. Craig Branham on March 28, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Great lesson. Real easy to follow along.

  7. Dan on April 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks Carl! Love the song and I’m anxious to learn it! What is your set up on this? Distortion and a delay?

    • Carl Brown on April 12, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Yeah usually a little delay and reverb along with the gain sounds. It helps fill out the sound a bit.

      My setup it a Fractal Audio Axe-FX II straight into my computer. 🙂

  8. Patricia Russell on April 22, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Is there an non-electric version of the solo we could learn?

  9. Don Kyle on April 24, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Hey Carl,
    Im a recent premium member, although I’m too afraid to post a video question for you yet since I am a beginner, but I am learning a lot from you. I am 57, just picked up the guitar with no prior music experience and am having fun with your lessons. My video questions in the future should be pretty entertaining for you while I figure out simple man, dust in the wind, and wanted dead or alive!!

    For now I wonder if you have any section of the website dedicated to amp settings and known/published pre–sets to match certain sounds in certain songs. On the electric I can follow your lessons but I have no idea how to make the amp sound right! Like I said, total beginner. I have a fender mustang III. Any suggestion on how to learn what all the dials do and how to “get that sound”.

    Thanks for all you do! I’m having a lot of fun! This is cool…


    • Carl Brown on April 24, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Hey Don, great to hear from you! I am looking forward to helping you over the next year with your playing.

      Don’t worry about rushing to send in a video. No big deal, we can still do a lot through email. But when you are ready it will be really good for your playing!

      I don’t have a lot of tone videos on the site. I am thinking of doing more in the future but it just isn’t something I have focused on.

      I currently use a Line 6 POD HD500X for all of my videos. Brand new, one those things cost about $500 but you can probably grab one used for around $300.

      I can get any tone I want from it and never need any amp at all. Do a google search on it and see what you think. I feel starting with something like that to craft tones will solve a lot of your tone frustrations.

      Even if you don’t want to create your own tones with the HD500X, Line 6 has a place on their website where they and other PODHD500X users have uploaded tones to match most of the popular guitar tones you have heard. You can just download that tone into your POD for free, store and your done. You can store 100’s of tones and recall them all with a push of a footswitch. That is actually what I do a lot for the tones I use in the lessons videos. 🙂

  10. Alexander Beardsmore on September 20, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Great lesson, the solo is a lot of fun 🙂

  11. Steven Van Sickle on August 7, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Is there are particular set up that is easier to get pinch harmonics out of?

    • Carl Brown on August 8, 2019 at 8:47 am

      A good amount of gain helps. Humbucking pickups as well. Not sure if set up differences would matter except that just overall ease of playability (string height etc…) makes a difference for just about any technique you are trying to perform.

  12. toby on April 9, 2021 at 9:22 am

    That first intro pic took a while to learn but its a good pic.

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