Livin' on a Prayer Guitar Lesson Pt.1 – Bon Jovi – All Riffs

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In these lessons we will take a look at Bon Jovi’s smash hit “Livin’ On A Prayer” in it’s entirety note-for-note.

Released in 1986 on their insanely successful Slippery When Wet album, “Livin’ On A Prayer” has gone on to become their signature song and consistently tops greatest songs of the 80’s lists.

It’s enduring quality isn’t only the great singalong chorus’, but also the infectious talk-box inflected guitar riff that is heard throughout the song’s intro and other times in the song as well.

“Livin’ On A Prayer” would be great to learn for just about any level of guitarist. The riffs and chords are very basic with nothing to out of the ordinary. The solo on the other hand does have a couple quick licks that are more in an intermediate category.

In this Livin’ On A Prayer guitar lesson I will demonstrate all of the guitar riffs and even transcribe the keyboard parts in the verse so you can play along when there is no guitar on the original recording.

I have another recommendation for you as well. If you are ever in any type of a band that plays covers this is quite definitely the one song that will get everyone up and moving. Well perhaps this and “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.

Regardless, “Livin’ On A Prayer” is one of the most beloved songs of all time and still gets tons of radio airplay and downloads almost 30 years after it’s initial release. You definitely need to have this song in your bag of tricks!

As I mentioned before, there is nothing very difficult with the riffs you will be required to play. The solo does contain a liberal amount of 80’s rock guitar techniques including pinch harmonics, bends, rakes, doublestops and a fast sextuplet lick to finish out the solo.

I suggest learning the solo phrase by phrase like I teach it in the video lesson and you shouldn’t have much trouble getting it under your fingers. Pay close attention to how I pick the fast lick at the end of the solo. Picking it the correct way can make it much easier to learn. 🙂

OK guys, Enjoy!!



  1. Lemme request one song prisoners in paradise by Europe..

  2. Thank you. I am writing arrangements for show choirs and this, sir, was an immense help. Thank you.

  3. Plz do more bon Jovi songs e.g bed of roses, bad medicine, dry County, I'll be there for you, blood on blood, King of the mountain and everyday plz thx Carl
    (I subscribed so plz do thoes thanks!!!!!!)

  4. do more bon jovi songs like ill be there for you and bed of roses , it’s my life and always and the solos to those too please i would love that

  5. good one. thanks mate.

  6. Great tone. What amp and pickups?

  7. I cant play guitar anymore but this is a great lesson

  8. 666k subscribers congrats haha

  9. The guitar player?? It's Richie sambora Carl!

  10. Rad lesson dude

  11. Desde Argentina , muchísimas gracias !!!

  12. Another great lesson, any chance you could do a video lesson on Richie Samboras stranger In This Town please!!

  13. Please do runaway by bon jovi I subscribed

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  18. Great video. Got most of the song now. Would be great if you could do a lesson on Bad Medicine.

  19. hey carl love your lessons..could you please do some videos on simon and garfunkel songs

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