Bon Jovi Wanted Dead or Alive Solo


On the surface of it, it’s not too hard a solo, but there’s lots of interesting stuff going on: use of the whole neck, pinch harmonics, a fast sextuplet run, country bends, palm muting, octaves, power chords, and high bends. That’s a lot of stuff in a short solo, and I think Richie Sambora constructed it rather intelligently.

For me, it’s the pinch harmonics that steal the show in this solo. In my experience, playing with a tube amp cranked up with plenty of distortion makes pinch harmonics really sing. I’m just plugged into a Line 6 UX1 sound card, so that’ll have to do.

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

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Bon Jovi Wanted Dead or Alive Solo

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