Rhythm You Give Love a Bad Name

You Give Love a Bad Name- Main Riff


Artist: Bon Jovi
Album: Slippery When Wet
Released: 1986

Here is the main rhythm riff for “You Give Love a Bad Name”

Palm mute all notes except the ones that you want to let ring as in tab above (Let Ring + Harm).

As of 03/13/2019 you can find the backing track for this at the links below. If it is no longer there contact me.






Opening Riff SRV Life by the Drop Tab


Life by the Drop was written by Doyle Bramhall and was recorded by Stephen Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble on the album The Sky Is Crying which was released on November 5, 1991.

The original recording was done with a 12 string acoustic guitar at Sound Castle Studios, Los Angeles, CA between April and May of 1989.

This is how I play the opening of Life by the Drop

I use an electric 6 string guitar with dirty tone based around a Fender Super-Sonic amp. I use a tortex pick 0.74mm.

For both the “open” A (2nd string unfretted) and C note (2nd string 3rd fret) I pick hard down strokes (towards the floor) ((fig1)).

While putting a slight vibrato on the C note I pick the “open” D note (3rd string unfretted) hammer on the E note then the F note while nearly simultaneously picking the “open” G note (4th string unfretted) letting it ring pick the open D hammer onto D# and pull off back to the open D pick the C note, open D note and back to the C note ((fig2))

Pick the open G note, hammer onto the A note then pull off back to the open G note. Pick the E note then the D# then the open D hammer on to the D# and pull off back to the open D note. ((fig3))

Continue picking  the notes C, open D, C, open D… while maintaining a Texas shuffle feel. ((fig4))

And that’s how it happens opening life by the drop 😉