Published On: Thu, Feb 26th, 2009

Richie Sambora guitar tabs and technique

Learn to play electric guitar like Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi– lessons in the techniques that made Living On A Pray and In These Arms such classics – with tab and chords

As co-songwriter and sole guitarist in Bon Jovi, one of the
best-selling and longest-lasting rock bands, Richie Sambora appreciates
the discipline, craft and restraint involved in reaching a mass
audience. ‘With a lot of the stuff I played on the Bon Jovi hits, it
wasn’t about developing solos, but to play stuff that was melodic and
memorable,’ he says. ‘I try to look at most of my solos as a musical
piece within the song, not showing off.’
Sambora’s solo albums –
two so far – allow him to express himself and explore musical territory
beyond Bon Jovi. His first solo outing was Stranger In Town. ‘I brought
this album back to my roots, to when I first started playing guitar and
listening to people like Clapton and Jimi Hendrix,’ he explained. And
what of his second and latest solo effort, Undiscovered Soul? ‘To me,
the title is very apt,’ he told Guitar & Bass. ‘I felt I was
undiscovered, even to myself, until now. While you’re writing or
recording, you feel undiscovered until you finish it. Now it’s done, I
know who I am.
‘The fact is, I’m a songwriter and communicator and
I’ve been one in Bon Jovi for many years. That’s the essence of this
record for me – to show that Richie Sambora is an artist in his own
right and not just a guitar player. Both in the writing and the
playing, this is a little more of an intimate record than any Bon Jovi
album. When you’re in a band as big as Bon Jovi, you really have to
give the people what they want – you can’t just spin off in a foreign
direction that the fans don’t understand. If I wake up feeling “Pink
Floyd”, I don’t think I could put that on a Bon Jovi record. But on my
record, I can fly through whichever moods I like. That’s why this
record has a bit of everything: a bit of rock’n’roll, rhythm and blues,
romantic ballads, a touch of social commentary… and although the
guitar playing may be different to what people associate with me,
that’s the whole point.’ Read on for our investigation into Sambora’s
songwriting and his guitar techniques.

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