How to Play Wanted Dead or Alive on Guitar (Easy)

Published 2020-08-15
How to Play Wanted Dead or Alive on Guitar (Easy)

In this guitar lessons, we show you how to play Wanted Dad or Alive by Bon Jovi on acoustic guitar.

This is a classic 80's acoustic rock song that is a lot of fun to play and sounds great. The intro to Wanted Dead or Alive is one of the most recognizable acoustic guitar intros of all time.

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You will also learn a variety of beginner strumming patterns that will work for this song. From a simple easy strum pattern to a more complicated strumming pattern that will sound more like the Bon Jovi version.

If you are wanting to learn how to play Wanted Dead or Alive on guitar, you don't want to miss this guitar lesson.

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All Comments (21)
  • Bob Perna
    I appreciate the attention to detail and the pace of this video. You are very clear in your instruction. Well done, thank you.
  • Paul Anderson
    Just discovered studio33guitar and I am quite impressed so far! Go Troy! This was great!
  • Mr Kim
    You have a brilliant approach for teaching someone with adhd how to play. I have struggled for many years progressing very slowly as I go, and it gets difficult to keep picking it up with such little gain. I am fortunate that I sing pretty well and that is what keeps me battling on with the git. But your easy to follow, simplified breakdown, is huge help for me as it offers techniques I can carry over to songs I already know, improving my performance of them also. I really can't thank you enough....may ur heart be warm, ur beer be cold, and both forever full...๐Ÿ˜†
  • Ben L
    Classic song, love that run on the intro, should be in everyone's repertoire.
  • kennel alain
    Excellent teacher. I had problems to learning this song, but with your help, now it's fixed. A lot of thanks
  • Steve Snider
    Lots of good instruction out there, this is a Great one. Thank you Troy
  • Tommy A
    Great instructional video. Easy to follow and made easy. Best Wanted Dead Or Alive guitar video!!!.
    Thanks for the breakdown.
  • nzmorcr
    Very well done showing clearly while actually explaining in simple terms, how to progress through the riff smoothly. I learned this one by ear (I have perfect pitch, but not the guitar fundamentals). I had to start at 25% speed, and slowly work my way up.

    A lot of picky people will cry foul that it โ€œdoesnโ€™t sound like the song!โ€. Well, thatโ€™s when I played it for some of my finicky friends on my Epiphone 12 string ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • weezahriah
    Thanks for this video! Your style of teaching is awesome, you take it slow but not too slow, and break it down and go over the just learned segment while going into the next. I've been playing for many years but was stuck for a long time on the 1st 3 frets, now I'm going up and down the neck some and doing barre chords and some scales. trying to incorporate some licks and mini leads into chords. Again super great instruction Thanks!!!
  • Roger Taylor
    Thank you so much for the lesson itโ€™s brilliant !! Iโ€™ve learned so much in such a short space of time .
  • Randy Hill
    Thank you for this very detailed and informative lesson..I hit a rut in my playing..but after watching this gave me the incentive to want to master this classic song..on a side note..did you know this is the unofficial song for the 160th special operations aviation regiment..very cool..
  • bhg475
    Thank you Very much Troy for teaching me wanted dead or alive you are a great teacher step-by-step instructions for me to go back and forth until I fully understand it you ROCK ๐Ÿค˜๐ŸŽธ
  • Krazy Kozey
    Appreciate this breakdown very much! A lot of other videos don't clearly show what to do with your fingers. I'm 35 and just picked the guitar up exactly a month ago today so finger placement instructions for me is the only way I'm progressing quickly. Thanks again!!
  • Robert Cowden
    Absolutely fantastic lesson, 30 minutes and I was almost Richie Zambora......all joking aside, played this song in its entirety in less than 45 min of practice.

    Thanks so much!!!
  • Donna Colwell
    Thank you , thank you, thank you! Strumming is my nemesis. You explained and demonstrated so clearly. I can do this!
  • dave perrin
    Fantastic lesson. Thank you for sharing with us. Much appreciated. I've subscribed to your channel ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  • Johnny Winford
    Quite riot metal health and bon Jovi dead or alive is the first two songs I learned in the 80s. You do a great job teaching it. Very cool, thanks brother ๐Ÿค˜
  • Michael Duncan
    This was the best instructional video for this song that I have come across. Well done sir! Thank you, took me a hour instead of 2 weeks from watching this.. lol yep I'm slow....haha
  • Nickson storie
    Absolutely brilliant lesson I've been learning this song via YouTube for a couple weeks and you just finished me off
  • T J - you explained this so beautifully... I'm grateful for that "cheat" F chord... ..and I like that you used the actual G instead of G 5 chord Lol This is the first song I'm learning... .and those on screen graphics are a great help, THANKS .:)