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Wanted Dead or Alive

by Bon Jovi on Guitar
  • TRANSCRIPT

    Welcome back my name is Joe Wiles with the Rock and Roll Conservatory and in this video tutorial we’re taking a look at Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” from their “Slippery When Wet” record. 

     

    Now Jon Bon Jovi had originally wanted to do an old west themed modern rock record but the idea got scrapped and this song is what came from that idea. Now in this video we’re going to talk about the introduction, we’re going to talk about how to play the verse and also how to play the chorus. Lets get started.  

     

     

    Intro pt 1

     

     

    The world famous introduction to “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi, it’s based around their open D string. That’s that string right there. You’re going to be using it a lot so get used to it. 

     

    You’re going to put your ring finger of your left hand on the 14th fret of the G and you’re going to put your middle finger on the 13th fret of the high E. You’re going to pick the D, the G, and the high E and back to the G, that’s the first riff. 

     

    The next one actually all the movement is going to be on the G and high E string everything else is going to stay the same basically. You’re going to move it down to the 12th fret of the G and the 12th fret of the high E. I use my ring finger and pinky for that. You’ll hit those in a row like this.  

     

    The next one is on the 10th fret of both the G and the high E still using my ring and pinky of my left hand. Then you’re going to go back to using your ring and middle finger. It’s going to be the 9th fret of the G, the 8th fret of the high E.

     

    Then you’re going to slide all the way down to the 5th fret of the G and high E. Then you’re going to go down to the 4th fret of the G, 3rd fret of the high E. Then you’re going to finish it off by strumming that last one and then sliding it down to the 2-1, the 2nd fret of the G, the 1st fret of the high E. 

     

    This is what that sounds like with no breaks. All right lets do that to speed, here we go, one, two, three, four.         

     

     

    Intro pt 2

     

     

    Now the second part of the introduction right before the transition into the verse, we’re going to hit the open A string twice.  Then go down to the 3rd fret with our ring finger.  Then we’re going to hit the open D string.  Then come down to the 3rd fret of the D string with our ring finger.  The open D.  That part sounds like this.

     

    We’re going to answer that by forming a D suspended second chord.  That’s an open high E string, 3rd fret of the B here with our ring finger, the 2nd fret of the G with our index finger, and we’re just going to hit the high E, the B, the G, the high E, and the B again.  So those two parts sound like this together.

     

    In the very last one, we’re going to do the same first three notes, the open A, open A, 3rd fret A, but we’re going to play an F chord.  That’s the 3rd fret of the D, the 2nd fret of the G, and the 1st fret of the B.  We’ll just hit those three.

     

    And then we’ll hit a D-5 chord.  We’ll just move our ring finger to the 3rd fret of the B there.  It’ll be open D, 2nd fret G, and 3rd fret B.  So all together, the part sounds like this.,

     

    And then we’d start.  All right, let’s try that to speed.  Here we go.  One, two, three, four.  And this is what the whole introduction sounds like when it’s put together.  One, two, three, four.

     

     

    Verse

     

     

    The verse section of “Wanted Dead or Alive” starts with a D major chord. It’s an open D string, 2nd fret of the G, 2nd fret of the high E, and 3rd fret of the B, it should sound like this.   

     

    The next chord we’ll play is a C add 9 chord. We’re going to put our pinky on the 3rd fret of the high E, our ring finger on the 3rd fret of the B, our index finger on the 2nd fret of the D and our middle finger on the 3rd fret of the A string, it should sound like this. 

     

    The last chord is a G major chord it actually is a four-fingered G major. You’re going to leave these two fingers here on the 3rd frets of the E and B and just move these two fingers down a string to the 3rd fret of the low E and 2nd fret of the A.

     

    The other chord we’ll use in that is a F chord and the F chord is going to be bared on the 1st fret, put your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the A, pinky on the 3rd fret of the D and middle finger on the 2nd fret of the G, and that is your F chord.

     

    We’ll put all these chords in sequence with a couple of different riffs, kind of like this. We’ll start out with the D (play). Now we’re going to go to a D suspended fourth and back. 

     

    You’re going to put your pinky on the 3rd fret of the high E string, pull it off, then pull off your middle finger. Then hammer with your middle finger back on. That riff sounds like this.  I’m going to do it again. Practice that cause it’s a pretty handy move to know. 

     

    Then we’re going to move to our C add 9 chord, then to our G. Then after this G we’ll do a riff on the A string, we’ll hit the open A, hammer down to the second fret, then hit the open D. It will sound like this slowly so far.   

     

    Then we’re going to go back to the C add 9 chord, back to the G, do the same riff and then we’ll hit that F chord, and then land on the D major, and we’ll do that little riff again that we did in the beginning. All together it would sound like this. All right lets try that to speed, one, two, three, four.   

     

     

    Chorus

     

     

    The chorus to “Wanted Dead or Alive” starts with a C major chord. Put your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the A string here, your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the D. 

     

    We’re going to skip the G and leave it open, no frets and then we’re going to put our index finger on the 1st fret of the B. We’re going to strum from the A string down like this. That’s the first chord.

     

    The second chord is that G major, that four-fingered G major we learned in the verse like this. We’ll still do that riff and then we’re going to play a modified F chord not the full-bared version we played before but basically it could be the full-bared version if you really wanted to trouble yourself. But we’re only going to worry about the high two strings this time, we’re not going to play the low E and then back to that D major.

     

    So the first four chords of the chorus sound like this. We’re going to answer that with a riff, we’re going to hit the second fret, it should already be fretted with the D chord here, the 2nd fret of the high E then hammer down to the 3rd fret then release it. 

     

    Then we’re going to hit the 2nd fret of the G, which is already fretted if we’re playing the D major chord over there. Then we’re going to lift our middle finger up and go high E, B, G. So that riff sounds like this and we’ll end up on the D right here. So those first two bars sounds like this.

     

    Then we’ll repeat and then we’ll do a riff here. We’re going to start on the 3rd fret of the A string, bend it a little bit, then open D, 3rd fret D. Bend it a little bit then hit the D chord. Then take off your middle finger and walk it from the high string down. So that sounds like this. The third and fourth bars sound like this. 

     

    Then we’ll repeat the C chord and that riff. Then we’ll repeat the same exact riff we just did. Then hit the D. So the whole chorus put together sounds like this. To tempo the chorus sounds like this, one two, three, four.

     

    Thanks for watching I hope it helped. Make sure you request videos of the songs you want to learn. I’ll see you next time.

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  • COMMENTS

    One Response to “Wanted Dead or Alive”

    1. Yosh says:

      Hi mate, really cool and clear lesson. Its good that the F bar chord is included in the verse coz its sounds way better than just F maj which other tutors on youtube use. Any tips on how to play the start of the verse, its kinda tricky playing the hammer-ons and pull-offs with the D maj

      Just wanted to ask if this video is downloadable as well

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