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Rock Guitar Lessons • Wanted Dead Or Alive • Bon Jovi • Guitar Chords, Tab, Strumming Pattern, Video.

Updated on January 8, 2015
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Bon Jovi DVD'S

Bon Jovi: Live at Madison Square Garden
Bon Jovi: Live at Madison Square Garden

"Live From Madison Square Garden" features a career spanning set list including "Have A Nice Day," "Always," "Wanted Dead Or Alive," "Livin' On A Prayer" and even a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" that Cohen himself rates as his favorite version. This is a snapshot of a band 25 years into a record-breaking career and still hitting their peak in the live arena.



Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres, and bass player Alec John Such. Slippery When Wet, their third album, achieved widespread recognition, as did the band's fourth album, New Jersey. Bon Jovi have had 13 U.S. Top 40 hits, including: "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Livin' on a Prayer", "Bad Medicine", and "I'll Be There for You".

Other Top 10 record chart hits included "Wanted Dead or Alive", "Lay Your Hands on Me", and "Bed of Roses". The success of Bon Jovi's 2000 single, "It's My Life", helped introduce them to a younger audience. The band has achieved phenomenal success. They have received many honours: inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards in 2004, and Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.

Natural Harmonics

To produce harmonics: place the fret hand finger on the E string at the twelfth far fret wire. DO NOT PUSH DOWN! Pick the string and quickly release your finger. It may take some practice, but eventually, it will ring out clearly.
To produce harmonics: place the fret hand finger on the E string at the twelfth far fret wire. DO NOT PUSH DOWN! Pick the string and quickly release your finger. It may take some practice, but eventually, it will ring out clearly.

Intro One

The diamond shaped note heads indicate 'natural harmonics' (also the meaning of NH). Natural harmonics are overtones produced by touching the fret hand finger to the string, (without pushing down), directly above the far fret wire. They are the strongest on the twelfth, seventh and fifth frets, but can be produced on the other frets. At the twelfth, the harmonics are an octave above the open string. This is the same as pressing the string down at the twelfth fret, but natural harmonic have a bell like quality to them, as opposed to the normal fretted sound. On the seventh fret, the notes are, once again, the same names as the normal fretted notes, but sound an octave and a fifth above the open string. These are harder to produce than the twelfth fret. On the fifth fret, the notes are two octave above the open strings. These are not the same as the fretted notes, and are the hardest to execute of the three frets.

It is quite a unique sound and has been employed in many songs. 'Roundabout' by Yes and 'On The Road Again' by Canned Heat come to mind. In both of these tunes, they were played at the twelfth fret. Eddie Van Halen took the technique into the stratosphere, incorporating them all over the fretboard in many songs.

Intro One

Intro Two

The shapes in the second part of the intro are intervals of a sixth, all based in the key of F Major-D minor. Using the F Major scale, play the bottom note of the figure then count up six scale steps to find the next note. EG: the first figure has A as the bottom note (not counting the open D pedal point that carries throughout this section), counting up six scale steps in F Major-Dm: A, B flat, C, D, E, F, reveals the sixth: F. The run ends an octave lower on the same two notes, A, and F (the fifth and third of Dm). Sometimes referred to as 'Sliding Sixths' these intervals have been used by many players. They are very popular in country and R&B songs.

The last part of the intro, is a standard figure played around a Dm chord. The use of single notes from the minor Pentatonic scale, combined with chords, yields a 'swampy' sound. Once again, this is very prevalent in country music.

Intro Two

Wanted Dead Or Alive Intro


The song takes a turn here, modulating (changes key) from the intro sound of Dm to D Major. In the first measure, the chords are a based around a D Major. This is another very common sound, moving between D Major, Dsus2 and Dsus4. The Cadd9 and Gno.2, can be found (with a thorough explanation), in my lesson 'Forever And Always'. The rhythm slashes are mostly eighths and sixteenths, usually signalling a slow tempo ( the song is around seventy two beats per minute).

When executing the hammer on in measure two and three, hold the Gno.2 chord shape. This is essential to keeping the chords and notes ringing. Make the change back to the Cadd9 as quickly and smoothly as possible. I measure four, the movement from the open G Major to the F Major barre shape, is tough. I use palm muting on the open string for the muted strum. This allows me more time to finger the D Major, as opposed to holding the F barre and using the fret hand release method to get to the next chord.


Wanted Dead Or Alive Verses


Follow the strumming pattern notated and count carefully. This will keep your hand in the desired down up motion with no hesitation. The three single notes coming into the chord shapes, may be difficult to play at first, but will get easier. In this respect, you are like a drummer performing a fill, everything has to be perfectly in time. When you lose the rhythm, it is a total train wreck! Imagine a drummer coming out of a roll in the wrong place. Very hard to recover.

The three note fill, may require a different strum hand placement. When most players strum, they are further over the body of the guitar. When they pick notes, the strum hand tends to anchor itself on the guitar. I have found that I go back and forth between the two positions when playing chords and fills. But, whatever works.


Wanted Dead Or Alive Choruses

Guitar Solo Rhythm

This progression is the same as the verse progression, without the different D Major shapes. Once again, the most difficult part will be moving from the open G Major to the F Major barre shape. It might actually be easier to move into a G Major barre shape instead of the open chord. Try it, if it is, stick with it. I have always worked this way. If I find something difficult to play, I explore different fingerings and positions on the neck. We, as guitar players, have that luxury. Experiment. It is great practice to learn a phrase, then play the same phrase in a different position.

Guitar Solo Rhythm

Wanted Dead Or Alive Guitar Solo Rhythm

Full Song


It's all the same, only the names will change

Everyday it seems we're wasting away

Another place where the faces are so cold

I'd drive all night just to get back home

I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride

I'm wanted dead or alive

Wanted dead or alive

Sometimes I sleep, sometimes it's not for days

And the people I meet always go their separate ways

Sometimes you tell the day

By the bottle that you drink

And times when you're alone all you do is think

I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride

I'm wanted (wanted) dead or alive

Wanted (wanted) dead or alive

Oh! And I ride!

I'm A cowboy, on a steel horse I ride

I'm wanted (wanted) Dead or alive

Now I walk these streets, this six string in my hand

Still playin' for keeps, 'same old me same old band,

I been everywhere, and I'm standing tall

I've seen a million faces (seen an awful lot of faces)

I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride

I'm wanted (wanted) dead or alive

I'm a cowboy, I got the night on my side

I'm wanted (wanted) dead or alive

And I ride, dead or alive

I still drive, dead or alive

Dead or alive [x4]

Official Video


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    • Lorne Hemmerling profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorne Hemmerling 

      6 years ago from Oshawa

      Great tune! I have always wanted to learn the solo. I might add that further down the road. Thanks for the feedback, my friend!!

    • flagostomos profile image


      6 years ago from Washington, United States

      Man I love this song. The solo is still hard to play perfectly with the pinch harmonics and palm muting.


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